Best Practices

Job & Employment Scams

We all use the internet to find jobs. However, not all jobs listed are legitimate, even on job boards. (Many job boards allow employers to post jobs directly and administrators of job sites may not catch scam postings immediately.) Does the job sound too good to be true? It may be a scam. These scams can result in identity theft, loss of money, and more.

So, how do you know when you have found a scam? Here are some things to look for, adapted from symplicity™:

Fraud Posting Red Flags

What are fraud posting red flags? Thanks to the many... ...

Limited User Accounts

Limiting account privileges provides simple but effective protection when working online. Limited accounts (sometimes called standard accounts) allow you to do most daily activities but do not allow you to install software or make certain changes to the computer.  Only accounts with administrative privileges can install software on the computer.

Many attacks take advantage of the fact that an administrator account is created by default (the “Owner” account) and that most people neglect to make any additional accounts on their computer.  In general, when malicious attachments or links are clicked, any malware is downloaded and executed in the background.  When... ...

Safe Social Networking and Blogging

Social networks are great. They do present some security challenges and risks, however.

This guide describes the dangers you face as a user of these websites, and provides tips on the safe use of social networking and blogging services.

Dangers of Social Networking

Many computer criminals uses these sites to distribute viruses and malware, to find private information people have posted publicly, and to find targets for phishing/social engineering schemes. Below is a short list of users who may be using... ...