Nobody wants to be told what they cannot do. However, there are certain never dos that you must bear in mind whenever it comes to your work computer. This article describes the top six things that you need to avoid doing on your computer at work.
#1 Do Not Login to Personal Websites and Services
Sure, we are all guilty of wanting to check out our email or get a quick peek at social media while on the job; however, you do not want to log on to your accounts on a computer at work, especially not a shared one!
Browsers that remember our passwords to sites like Facebook or your bank may be useful. How many different passwords can one person be expected to remember, after all? But allowing the browser to save your private access credentials places your security at risk. The next individual to utilize that computer might access your data.
#2 Do Not Permit Remote Access
Perhaps your computer is not working the way that you want; maybe it is too slow. There is something up with an application. You are concerned you have accidentally downloaded malware on your work device. Then there is that pal you have that “knows computers.” With remote support software being so simple to use nowadays, you figure it is easier for you to ask your friend for assistance. Work will not even need to know.
But would you allow that pal to walk into the office and begin working on your machine? Probably not. Your organization has the people it trusts to do the work on its computers. If you were on-site, you would have told your manager, or at the very least, IT, if you had a computer concern. Even when you are working virtually, you want to do the same thing.
Permitting remote access is both a security and productivity risk. Plus, your computer can be set in a particular way by your business. Your tech-savvy buddy is not going to understand why and exactly how those specific configurations have been set up.
#3 Do Not Store Your Personal Data
We are all in favor of having more than a single backup. Still, you do not want to make your work computer a storage solution for your data because you cannot be sure that other people in the workplace will not be able to look through your files.
You will also risk losing the ability to access that data if the company goes out of business or lays employees off. Businesses may wipe employee accounts after they sever relationships with employees.
#4 Do Not Connect Your Personal Storage Devices
USB or thumb drives are handy, as these kinds of drives help move data around efficiently. But the drive may be installed in several different computers and networks along the way. Connecting that USB to a work computer might transmit malware.
You do not want to connect somebody else’s storage device to your computer at work. Criminals target companies by abandoning infected thumb drives in parking lots. All they need is an individual to pick up the drive and then connect it to a work computer. Attempting to reunite the drive with its owner did not go over so good for that Good Samaritan!
#5 Do Not Do Your Side Business or Job Search
You do not want to perform these on a computer at work unless you want to run the risk of getting caught since your computer activity could be tracked. Some companies do full-blown computer screen recording. Others will maintain a summary of the sites that you visit.
There are various laws in different states and nations concerning employee monitoring, but you will be using a work device on a company network. Doing your side project during working hours on the company computer will not go over well.
#6 Do Not Use Public Wi-Fi
Do not log on to business applications or access sensitive information when connected to public Wi-Fi. There are several risks. You might end up:
- opening yourself up to “man-in-the-middle” hacking
- connecting to a malicious hotspot
- sending data on an unencrypted network
These never dos may pose a threat to your personal data, company network, or even your very job. Stay away from these common mistakes that have been made on work computers. Be smart, be secure.
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