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Security Best Practices



You Are IT!  


YOU are the vital link in computer security.

Below are some recommendations to reduce your risk to cyber threats.


1. Use Anti-virus software:
Set your anti-virus software to constantly monitor your system using “real-time monitoring” and keep your virus definitions up to date (You are running anti-virus software, right?).


2. Use a Passphrase:
Nevermind the obscure passwords - things like Hi4#un7%. Use an easy to remember and more secure passphrase instead!


3. Maintain up-to-date security patches:
It is important to keep your computer up to date with the latest fixes and updates for your operating system. New vulnerabilities are frequently discovered and fixed. Keeping your computer current reduces your risk.


4. Establish a backup schedule for important data:
Creating and following a backup policy is vital. Not only could a virus wipe out critical data, but a hard drive failure or even a lightning strike could damage or destroy your computer. A backup is just like an insurance policy for your data.


5. Use password-protected screen savers:
When you leave your computer for even a few minutes, lock it down by either invoking a protected screensaver or locking the keyboard. There's no point in making it easy for an intruder.


6. Check the settings in your e-mail client and web browser:
In your e-mail client you should use content filter settings to block unwanted e-mail. You can also set your Web browser to block cookies and unwanted JavaScript.


7. Use safe e-mail and download practices:
Most computer viruses spread through e-mail or direct downloading to your computer. With this in mind, you should think carefully about everything that you download.


8. Increase your awareness of Internet security:
Become aware of the dangers surrounding you on the Internet. You can do this through formal training, or simply keeping up with the latest Internet news and alerts.