Internet Safe: How to Teach Employees Skills for the Information Age


In today’s digital age, chances are good that your employees will spend a considerable amount of work time using computers. They may also have other connected devices, such as tablets or smartphones used for both work and personal activities on the internet. All of these devices are susceptible to malware, spyware, viruses and hackers. These four tips will help to keep your employees safe when using the internet.

Employee Training Sessions

In-person employee training sessions are a great way to get new hires on the same page about your internet usage rules. Employee training sessions allow you to explain what, if any, personal activities can be done on your corporate network. You can also explain your requirements for device logins, passwords and the installation of software and anti-virus updates.

Using Online Learning Portals

There are many reasons as to why an on demand learning portal would help your staff. They would have up-to-date knowledge of the latest viruses, phishing schemes, and spyware that could affect their email, devices, and software. Online learning portals are an efficient way to keep your employees up to date with internet safety. As hacking attack methods change, so too should your training sessions.

Participating in Anti-phishing Training

Anti-phishing training helps your employees to understand email scams. Learning more info about these type of schemes can help employees in a number of ways. Phishing schemes involve emails sent from nefarious sources. The emails try to persuade the reader to click on a link. The link may be a request for money, credit card or social security numbers, or other personal or financial information. Your employees should be able to recognize suspicious emails and delete them without opening them.

Setting Up Internet Controls and Registering Devices

Consider having your information technology department set up controls on which websites can be accessed from your business network. You may wish to block sites that are infamous for installing malware, spyware or other troublesome bits of unauthorized software. If your employees bring in their own devices, such as smartphones, wearable fitness trackers with Wi-Fi or smart watches, require them to register the device with your IT department if they will be using your network. Otherwise, require employees to use their own data plans for their devices.

Providing your employees with safety tips and rules about workplace internet use will set them up for success. It is also important to include in your training what employees should do in case they spot a problem or changes in the ways that their computers and devices are working. Preventing malware, spyware and phishing intrusions is easier than fixing the aftermath.

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Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym.

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