Most people feel comfortable doing seemingly low-risk personal activities on their work computers. However, there are many reasons why you should avoid this at all costs and keep your private activities firmly squared away on your personal PC.
Wondering why? Here are the most common things people do on their work computers and why they pose significant security risks to you and the company.
Saving Personal Passwords
One of the biggest mistakes you can probably make is saving your personal credentials on your work computer. Auto-fill may be convenient, but it’s not entirely secure, particularly once you lose access to that device.
Keeping Personal Files and Documents
Another thing you should avoid doing is storing important information about yourself on your work PC. If you need to pass your computer to a colleague, you don’t want to have your personal files readily available for them to view, and it can be challenging to wipe this data from the device permanently.
Visiting Shady Sites
Always avoid going to sketchy websites. It’s a safe assumption that your place of work is monitoring your activities, and shady sites can lead to serious cybersecurity problems.
Allowing Others to Use Your Work PC
It’s common sense not to let others use your work computer simply because it’s not intended for that purpose. However, allowing others to use it could introduce malware — intentionally or unintentionally — while breaching an array of company security protocols.
Deactivating Company-Installed Programs
Lastly, you shouldn’t deactivate your company’s apps, especially if they are installed for security purposes. These programs are active for a reason and shouldn’t be tampered with.
Are Your Devices Secure?
Ensuring your work devices are safe and secure from potential cybersecurity concerns is an essential responsibility for business owners.
If you need help with device protection, a Managed Security Provider (or MSP) like BetterWorld Technology can help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your Chicago business with Managed IT Services.