Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

Warn all users

One of the things you need to do in your company is  educate your users about the danger and risk associated with improper use of e-mail and the Internet.

The Internet is great but it’s also full of land mines sitting there waiting for an unsuspected user to come walking by, , , and BOOM, , , we all know what can happen to the network.

An Internet Usage Policy is great, , , but I don’t know that it always helps your users fully appreciate the situation.

I just read a great article on CNET News that I would highly recommend you share with your users about phishing sites. It’s titled, A flood of phishing sites and how to avoid them by Elinor Mills. Her discussion is high level and discusses the issue in easy to understand terms, , , perfect for the technology users in your company you are supporting.

Elinor includes a statistic that should scare the daylights out of all users and get their attention as to how rampant this issue is and the danger lurking for the unsuspected user:  “During a three-month study of its global malware database, Panda Security found on average 57,000 new Web sites created each week with the aim of exploiting a brand name in order to steal information that can be used to drain peoples’ bank accounts.”

Below is a sample of a fake EBAY message.

I see these bogus messages all the time and simply ignore them, , , but they sure look real and can tempt you to “take a look”. You will be doing your colleagues a great service in helping them avoid these pitfalls in your company and even more so on their home PC by helping them better understand what’s taking place.

Elinor’s article is a MUST READ and SHARE ARTICLE !!

Read the article at:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20016026-245.html?tag=nl.e703