Your data stored on your computer, laptop or tablet is valuable to others and therefore its security should be at the top of your checklist when it comes to looking after your information. Below are our top ten valuable tips to safe computing which you can integrate into your daily work life.
1) Use a PATCH!
Set up your computer for automatic software and operating system updates. An un-patched machine is more likely to have software vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
2) Install Protective Software
Free downloads are available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux contact Offsite Servers for more information. When installed, the software should be set to scan your files and update your virus definitions on a regular basis.
3) Choose Strong Passwords
Choose strong passwords with letters, numbers, and special characters to create a mental image or an acronym that is easy for you to remember. Create a different password for each important account, and change passwords regularly.
Backing up your machine regularly can protect you from the unexpected. Keep a few months worth of backups and make sure the files can be retrieved if needed. Get into the habit of backing up at least once a week. Always store your back up in a secure place.
5) Control Access to your Machine
Don’t leave your computer in an unsecured area, or unattended and logged on, especially in public places. The physical security of your machine is just as important as its technical security.
6) Use Email and the Internet Safely
Ignore unsolicited emails, and be wary of attachments, links and forms in emails that come from people you don’t know. Avoid untrustworthy (often free) downloads from freeware or shareware sites.
7) Use Secure Connections
When connected to the Internet, your data can be vulnerable while in transit. Use remote connectivity and secure file transfer options when away from your office or home.
8) Protect Sensitive Data
Reduce the risk of identity theft. Securely remove sensitive data files from your hard drive, which is also recommended when recycling or repurposing your computer. Use encryption tools to protect sensitive files you need to retain.
9) Use Desktop Firewalls
Macintosh and Windows computers have basic desktop firewalls as part of their operating systems. When set up properly, these firewalls protect your computer files from being scanned.
10) Stay Informed
Stay current with the latest developments for Windows, Macintosh Linux, and Unix systems. Offsite Servers provides an e-newsletter and we recommend that those interested take the time to ensure that you sign up to receive the latest news.