You Cannot Be Too Careful!

Published 24. 10. 2019

Hi, this is Katie, the project manager.

After a rather long time, I met my friend Janice!

What's new with her?


One fall morning

Janice and I planned a fall weekend walk. It had been quite a while since we'd seen each other, so we both found a free Saturday in our diaries and decided to spend it together.

I had a long, lazy breakfast, as I know that Janice is not an early bird and therefore I was in no hurry. Around ten o'clock, I went to the kitchen and made coffee. Then I poured the coffee into a thermos to take with me. I looked out from the window. It was a beautiful fall morning, perhaps one of the last sunny ones. I put on my headphones and played Vivaldi's Autumn. Thermos in my hand, I crossed the street. However, I forgot to look!

My pleasant moment was interrupted by an angry car horn. I waved apologetically to the swearing driver. Fortunately, I was fine. You cannot be too careful!


What's new?

Janice and I met in a park.

“Katie!” she hugged me happily. “It's been ages! You look ravishing! 

“Considering I've just almost got hit by a car, I don't look bad,” I admitted and laughed.

“How's work?” I asked. A few months ago, Janice had decided to go for a major change and she became a manager of a catering company. 

“You won't believe what happened! I clicked on something in an e-mail and my work PC got attacked! Obviously, I had loads of data in there... my colleagues were able to take care of it rather quickly, but my boss was really angry with me." 

I sighed. Janice had always been this person who uses passwords such as 1234, while I had been the opposite, covering my web camera since high school. 

"That's so you! But important is that nothing happened and everything is fine again."


How to be more careful

I don't want to brag, but I am almost sure that this couldn't happen at my company. Security is a big highlight and every new team member has to go through a special training. What do they learn there?

  • Make sure your password is long and safe enough. Combine lowercase and uppercase letters with numbers.
  • Never click on links and never open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders.
  • Do not use the corporate e-mail address for personal communication.
  • Don't forget to regularly update your antivirus programs.
  • Do not respond to e-mails that request a password change or require your personal data.

Of course, there is more, but for me, this is the basic list. 

Janice wasn't impressed, though.

“Katie, you never miss a chance to lecture me!" she protested and we both laughed. 

“Let's have lunch,” I suggested.

“Now I like you!” 

And so we went.