This is the third week that we are publishing ways to avoid being hacked at work. Again, we hope that even if you and your organization are fully aware of these tactics that we will be able to further heighten the awareness so your organization will be ready when these attacks occur.
#2 Always double-check IT directions. In the fast-paced world we live in, many IT problems and issues are solved remotely or over the phone. If you ever receive a call or instruction from someone claiming to be in “IT” always get some form of confirmation before proceeding forward with their direction. A common trick for hackers is to call employees and request remote access to their client or laptop. They may also try to gather privileged system information. Prior to handing out any information, always ask them to directly confirm their credentials, or feel free to double check with a superior or management to confirm their authenticity. It would not be considered rude or uncommon for you to suggest to the person on the phone that you will call them back once you have confirmed the instructions.
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