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

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