6 IT Security Tips for Your Workplace

Today’s business are heavily reliant on information technology. Your workstation or PC has become an asset in addition to it being the tool through which your perform. Due to its importance it is very important for you to consider these tips on how to secure your workstation:

  1. Gear Up: It is very important from a security perspective to stay up to date with the latest in the field:
    • Keep your operating system up to date with software patches and updates
    • Install Anti-virus Software and be sure it is continuously updated
    • Use strong passwords that are not easy to guess or crack.
    • Remove unnecessary applications or software that you don’t use.
  2. Back Up: Periodically backup copies of your data from your hard drive, especially if this data is critical to your business.
  3. Lock Up:  Make sure to physically secure backup devices (flash drives, external hard disks,  etc.) when away from your work area. Lock them away in a safe location.
  4. Be Aware: It is very important in terms of security for the end user to act in a secure fashion. For example you should never click on a link within an e-mail or visit a web site unless you are confident that it is trustworthy. Also, you should never open e-mail attachments from senders you don’t know. Furthermore, please don’t send around chain mail.
  5. Log Off: When leaving your workstation unattended you should always log off your account and make sure your workstation is protected by a strong password. Also, it is a good idea to use a screen lock screensaver set to a timing of between 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Passwords: Keep your passwords to yourself don’t share them with your superiors, assistants, or coworkers. Only you should know you passwords. Also, be sure that your passwords are not written down on sticky notes or a piece of paper laying around anywhere in the office.

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