Many people practice strong IT security habits – they hover over a link and verify the web address before clicking, they do not open emails from unknown senders, and they create strong passwords. It appears this person is doing a great job protecting their computer and personal information, but what about the other users of the computer?
In many homes, a computer is shared between multiple family members. Often there is a primary account with additional accounts for other users. In this scenario, it is crucial to address security awareness at a larger, “family level.” One bad click can seriously impact or compromise the data on the machine.
Kids are known for “speed clicking” and accepting most prompts that emerge on the computer screen. As a parent and user of the computer, it is essential that strong security habits are continuously taught and instilled in all users. Take the time to explain how to hover, handle unknown emails and attachments, and react if your computer displays a message or alert.
Patching your operating system and updating your virus software is also critical! Humans tend to be the weakest link for IT security. With repetitive education you can properly safeguard your data. New threats emerge frequently and only require the end user to let their guard down once.