Perhaps at this time of goodwill to all men, women and small creatures – we all become a little less guarded. We may perhaps trust our anti-virus to keep us safe – but this does not exclude the need to be vigilant.
Although being the boss might mean that you are more vigilant than your staff, after all you have the most to lose, your staff should understand one simple policy which is ‘what is bad for the boss, is also likely to be bad for the staff!!’
As my own recent experience attests the crooks have ever more clever ways of trying to hack into your life. As we become more technology reliant and the tech becomes cleverer so do those who might want to exploit it.
Software anti-virus obviously needs to be installed, but how good is it?
I bet it is not always as good as they would like you to believe. I have an Apple iPhone and an Apple iMac at home and I was lead to believe that these are ‘un-hackable’. However something odd happened the other day. I went on the Safari app to look for information about something or other. Looked at a site and a pop up appeared saying I had won an iPhone 6. I could not move on until finally I pressed ok. I then googled what had happened and the instruction was to delete the google history (obviously I did not know to delete until I could research the problem). So I deleted the day’s history.
Later in the day I get a TEXT saying that I have a picture, I look and it takes me back to Safari telling me I have won an iPhone 6. I go into settings and delete all history.
In a more accountant specific context we have recently received an email from a third party who wanted us to use their service. They make out they are connected to the online software we use. One click and giving them some information and you could be snookered.
If it seems too good to be true it usually is! Be careful with any communication that comes to you unsolicited.
Be safe and be vigilant this festive season.
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