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How To Use The Internet To Get Yourself Fired

10 computer-related mistakes that can cost a career

Edited and adapted from the above titled article written by of Kaspersky Labs

You’re fired!

For most people in the car business these are words you don’t want to risk hearing because of some stupid and possibly unintentional mistake you made using one of the computers, tablets or smart phones you have access to at the dealership.

Regardless of stringent security instructions signed by dealership employees as part of the documentation included in the hiring and onboarding process... Most people hired by car dealers neither follow nor consider the policies they signed their names to when they are in the heat of battle trying to get a deal made or some other task... or simply bored. And even more rarely, if ever do they genuinely embrace the serious consequences their dealership IT and Internet policy violations may carry.

So, what are the top ten types of cardinal sins when using a dealership PC, your own smart phone on the dealership's WiFi or even the laptop you brought from home and plugged into the store's Local Area Network (LAN)? Here is what our friends at Kaspersky Labs report as the top ten digital ways to get fired:

  1. Using USB sticks to transfer data. One might lose the drive containing important corporate or confidential data, or even unintentionally infect all PCs in the office via a wayward virus.
  2. Chatting in social networks. It is important to mind the sensitivity of the data and information that you are sharing.
  3. Improper tone of voice when talking to clients or partners publically (social networks), as damaging your employer’s reputation is likely to mean dismissal with immediate effect.
  4. Resending work emails via personal email. If compromised, your mail service data may end up in the hands of cyber criminals.
  5. Sending encrypted personal information from the office computer could mean the end of your career.
  6. Using unauthorized third-party software at work, especially on laptops. Irrelevant software wastes company resources. Don’t forget your PC is likely monitored remotely so security professionals can see what you’re up to.
  7. Deliberate or accidental policy violation, i.e. password disclosure. It can cost one a career to blatantly disclose, or risk disclosing, company passwords.
  8. Downloading irrelevant content may seem harmless, but people forget that they are being monitored, and can be penalized for these actions.
  9. Mobile communications can lead to many mistakes such as confusing a corporate phone with a personal one, or exceeding traffic limits. All above rules are application to mobile devices, not just laptops.
  10. The last but not least,don’t forget that everything you say (and write) online can and shall be used to support or ruin your career.


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Comment by James Klaus on December 4, 2014 at 8:12am

Should have named this article "Common Sense use it at work!"  

Comment by Stan Sher on November 28, 2014 at 10:33pm

Excellent post. The problem is that it is easy to forget because we are all so digitally connected.

Comment by Tom Gorham on November 28, 2014 at 12:26pm

Sage advice for everyone.  Thank you!

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