Thieves use a variety of ways to gather information. One such way can be through
your employer by targeting computer systems or individual employees. But, like
the sports analogy, the best offense is a good defense.
Below are several ways you can help safeguard your workplace against theft:
Watch what you click on.
Phishing scams will bait you via email to take an action under
pressure. For example, providing a system password to a person in need of quick
assistance or verifying your account information using a link embedded in the
email. Always use caution when opening emails from unknown names, and be
mindful of what you click on inside of the emails. What looks like a legitimate
link could in fact be a mismatched URL (e.g., Walnnart.com instead of
Walmart.com) or a misleading domain name (e.g., FedEx.tv). Further, malicious
links can lead to you unknowingly giving hackers access to download
ransomware on your company’s databases.
Screen your phone calls.
Thieves can disguise
their call back number to look like they are calling from your company’s IT or
HR departments, then attempt to solicit personal information from you. When in
doubt, ask the caller for their name and let them know you will call them back.
If you are able to verify the legitimacy of the call with your manager, return
the phone call via the number provided in your employee directory.
Secure your workstation.
Keep your desk clutter
free and do not leave any sensitive information out in the open. When you leave
your desk, lock your workstation. This includes any drawer that contains
business sensitive information, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), as
well as your computer.