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Computer Security Day

Today, November 30, is International Computer Security Day. The 30th of November is celebrated as Computer Security Day, an annual event that is observed worldwide. It helps to raise awareness concerning the security of computers, the Internet, and any other electronic devices. And to remind people to ensure their passwords are updated regularly, their personal information is safe and secure, and their systems are protected.

On the occasion of Computer Security Day, we are providing some tips that could be implemented to stay safe and secure in your office.

PASSWORD SECURITY

  • Never share your password with anyone, ever
  • Use a passphrase (a short sentence that’s easy to remember) instead of a password
  • Combine your passphrase with two-factor authentication

EMAIL SECURITY

  • Never respond to an email from strangers
  • Don’t open any attachments that you haven’t scanned first
  • Don’t open any links you haven’t checked (hint, hover over the link to ensure it’s really going where it’s supposed to go)
  • Always back up your email

WEB BROWSER SECURITY

  • Only install from safe sources (hint, the vendor’s download site or your browser’s add-on store)
  • Look for the lock and ensure you see the icon before entering your personal information into a website
  • Save and sync selectively when asked, “Would you like to store this password?” The best answer is NO.
  • If you log in then you should also log out – always
  • Clear and back up everything

SMARTPHONE SECURITY

  • Always use a lock screen – every smartphone and tablet have one. Use it.
  • Nobody should ever borrow your smartphone
  • Don’t respond to a text from a stranger
  • Don’t answer calls from strange phone numbers – it’s better to screen these calls. Let voicemail handle it.
  • Back up everything

WORKSTATION SECURITY

  • Use an active security suite, aka an antivirus program to protect your system from viruses such as malware, spyware, and network attacks
  • Update your software – keep your operating system, security suite, and programs up-to-date
  • Leave it? Lock it. Don’t leave your system logged in and unattended
  • Don’t share your system with anyone unless specifically told by your IT team
  • Back up your data

NETWORK SECURITY

  • Never connect to Wi-Fi that you don’t own
  • Don’t connect to Wi-Fi without a password
  • Always use a firewall
  • Always use SSL in your web browser

SOCIAL ENGINEERING

  • Don’t talk to strangers online
  • Only give out data on the phone calls that you started
  • Watch your back – literally. Be aware of your surroundings when in public and logged on to your computer
  • Everybody you just met is a stranger, no matter what they claim to “know” – the best advice for online and in person as well.

Stay Safe, Stay Secure.

HAPPY COMPUTER SECURITY DAY

 

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