Help Employees Manage Online Risk

The explosion of Web-based applications and tools has made the Internet infinitely more useful, but they also come with a new set of potential threats and dangers to your business. Here’s how to avoid them.

1. Enable, don’t restrict. Your employees will use social networking sites anyway, so set sensible policies for doing so safely: No sharing corporate information, don’t mix work and personal business.

2. Play it safe. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace have become prime targets for hackers and identity thieves. Frequently remind employees not to click on suspicious links sent via Twitter or Facebook messages, as they often lead to malicious sites.

3. Trust no one. Hackers often place malicious programs on legitimate Web sites that silently install on visitors’ PCs. Install add-ons such as NoScript for Firefox and turn off JavaScript in both Firefox and Internet Explorer to defend against these tricks.

4. Remember search results aren’t always real. Hackers have found ways to game the system and replace top Google search results with links to phishing sites and malware. Scour search results carefully and use a URL scanner such as LinkScanner to verify sites before clicking.

Dennis Fisher Security Evangelist Kaspersky Lab Americas Woburn, Mass.

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