10 Ways to Protect Information On Your Desktop
Protecting information on a desktop is just as important if not more important than protecting information on a portable device. By following these 10 tips, a person will ensure confidential information stays secure.
It's stated that a company device can have more secure information stored on it that information that stored in 50 boxes. In today’s world, unfortunately, the event in which a portable device with confidential information can be stolen out of an employee’s broken into car or left at a coffee shop in very high, but what about information on a desktop? Even though not mobile, a desktop can still leave the building if stolen or the office is moving. By following a few simple steps, a person can make sure the information stay secure throughout the lifetime of the desktop.
10 Tips for Securing the Confidential Information on Your Desktop.
1. Make sure that your computer screen is turned away from co-workers, visitors and other people passing by your work area.
2. Enable password protected screensavers on your computer to restrict access
3. Change your computer’s password at minimum, every six months
4. Protect your computer with an internet security system that includes anti-virus software and a firewall.
5. Attach a locking security cable and wrap the cable around an immovable object.
6. Have a backup and recovery strategy for your computer’s information
7. Never send confidential information via email or email attachment without a disclosure.
8. Encrypt sensitive files with an encryption method approved by your organization
9. Turn off your desktop computer at the end of the day.
10. Shred old hard drives and securely destroy old computers, copiers, and fax machines.
For more information on back-up and recovery services and data destruction, please visit our Back-up and Recovery and Hard-Drive Shredding Pages. Any additional questions, feel free to call the office to discuss how we can best service your needs.
by Kathryn Turner