Thursday 26 June, 2014
You may trust that your internet security is in the hands of your company with its protocols and regulations, but what happens to your computer when you step away from the desk? Everyone needs to be vigilant about keeping computers safe at work. Here are some ways you can keep your computing safe.
Your password is your first and strongest defense. Change your passwords often and make them good. Get into a regular routine of switching your password. The best passwords are a random mix of letters and numbers, which makes them hard to remember, but a good way to come up with passwords is to use the title of a song or book, or a line from a song, and then switch out a few letters for similar-looking numbers (for example, ‘E’ becomes 3). If you change passwords often, you can pretty much guarantee no one will gain access.
Think Before You Download
Be extremely careful about what you download. In addition to following company policy regarding downloads, take extra precautions. Instead of clicking links from inside email messages, go to the official source site and find the download link there. If anything looks dodgy, don’t download it.
Lock When You Leave
Whenever you leave your desk, lock your computer. Someone can steal sensitive information or perform a simple action in mere seconds. While you’re getting a coffee refill or attending to nature’s call, all kinds of things could’ve happened. It only takes a second to lock and unlock.
Turn the Tumblers
Here’s a deep tip that most people never think about. If your laptop is secured to your work station with a lock, you surely turn the tumblers whenever you lock it. But what about when you unlock it? Most of us don’t think to do that and we leave the locks with the tumblers still sitting on the combination. A clever sneak could take a quick peak at your tumblers and know your combination in a mere second. Be sure you turn the tumblers when you unlock as well as lock.
Your computer’s physical security is also important. Situate your work station so that your computer isn’t in a place where it would be easy to steal. Identify environment hazards that could affect your computer. Don’t put your workstation someplace where an item could fall on your computer or other physical trauma can occur. Accidents happen and a spilled coffee or other hazard could cause just as much damage as a breached password or hacking.
When it comes to keeping your computer secure at work, it’s everyone’s responsibility. Hopefully your company will take care of the big issues, like making sure a good antivirus program is in place and setting down clear guidelines. But make sure you always think safety first at work.