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Tips to help keep sensitive work safe

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1Your password is a form of your identity and can be used to access your computer and all the information on it. Make sure it is at least seven characters, contains numbers as well as uppercase and lowercase letters. Do not pick your name and simply add a number.

2Peer-to-peer file sharing programs may allow people to access your company's data and steal personal and private information. Configure programs so they will not expose personal folders.

3Update your computer software as soon as upgrades become available; never wait more than a month. These fixes plug holes that hackers know how to exploit to gain access to your files.

4If you set up a wireless network in your home or office, make sure to use security features to prevent unwanted access to the network. If a hacker is able to join your network, he may be able to gain access to your computer.

5Don't leave your laptop unattended in public. Hundreds of thousands of laptops are stolen each year.

6Don't purchase anything online with your credit card unless the Web site is secured with SSL as indicated by a padlock in your Web browser.

7Don't click on Web links within your e-mail addresses. Close the e-mail and type in the Web site address manually. Phishing attacks are increasingly common and attempt to trick you into visiting false Web sites to steal personal information.

8Never enter private company information on public computers such as in a hotel, library or at school. These systems might be infected with a keylogger or spyware capturing everything you type.

9Never e-mail or IM private company information. It's usually not secure and can be monitored.

10 Don't store any unsecured personal or confidential information on your computer.

Tips to help keep sensitive work safe 05/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:11pm]
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