Do not share your credentials
This is the most important suggestion for maintaining the integrity of your account. When users change responsibility or employment within your company, it’s critical that employees have site access removed when they no longer have a business need.
Do not share your user id’s or passwords.
Beware of phising attempts
Be cautious with emails phishing for information about you or your account. If an email address is unfamiliar or doesn’t look like it is being sent from a valid source, then you should reach out to your XS Applied Technologies rep to discuss if that email communication was sent by a trusted source.
Look for SSL alerts
When visiting a secure site that uses SSL, you should be sure that your URL bar has the green highlight to let you know that the site has a valid SSL certificate. If a site has red highlighting or gives a secure certificate warning, you should proceed with caution and certainly do not provide any passwords to these untrusted sources.
In addition, pay attention to what URL you are visiting. People have created web sites that appear to be a site that is not the site you intended in an attempt to get personal information.
Use a complex password
Be sure to use a complex password that is not easily guessed by someone who can search for some easily known public information. Consider implementing a password duration policy as well. Many security experts are suggesting to update a password every 90 days.
Don’t reuse passwords
Do not use the same password across multiple websites. This helps protect your online accounts from a security breach.
Do not use public Wifi
Public Wifi is not secure. Anytime you access the site via public Wifi network, there is potential someone could capture your account credentials. Avoid accessing the corporate or banking web sites in these situations to help protect your accounts.
Remove access for former employees
User access is a critical job of the administrator for your network. It’s important to remember when you have an employee leave your company that you contact XS Applied Technologies to remove their network access.
Be aware of certain items and drop shipping
Items such as notebooks and hard drives are easy items to liquidate. Be cautious of customers ordering these types of items and needing them expedited or suggesting they are a purchasing manager for a well-known company you don’t normally work with. Fraud items are often shipped via drop ship to an address where items are intercepted. It’s important that you only grant permission to employees who need to have items drop shipped.
Verify requests for critical information
If anyone sends a message requesting a change to their bank account number or requesting employee pay data or bank information. You should be aware of the source requesting the information and personally reach out to them through a verified channel such as the customer. Do not rely on the information provided in the message as accurate. These can easily be spoofed.
All of these tips will help ensure the safety and security of your business. If you have any additional questions about account security, please reach out to your XS rep 732-807-4449.