Computer Security Suggestions
Eight Characters Is Not Enough
Practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your password with others, don’t write it down, and definitely don’t write it on a post-it note attached to your monitor. If you are able to use two-factor authentication, then do so – it is well worth the time and effort!

Lock It Up
Never leave your devices unattended. If you need to leave your computer, phone, or tablet for any length of time—no matter how short— use the device’s locking feature so no one can use it while you’re gone. If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure to keep it locked-up in a secured cabinet, drawer or appropriate area as well.

Practice Safe Clicking
Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it; report it immediately to a supervisor. Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to: bad actors will often take advantage of spelling mistakes to direct you to a harmful domain.

Beware of Browsing

Sensitive browsing, such as banking or shopping or working, should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. Whether it’s a friend’s phone, a public computer, or a cafe’s free Wi-Fi—your data could be copied or stolen. Nothing can guarantee complete safety.

Don’t Let Browsers Be Your Password Bank

If your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge, Chrome) has a password saver feature – shut it off! Once someone accesses your browser, they could access anything you have no matter how secure!

Physical Cyber Safety

Be conscientious of what you plug in to your computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smartphones.

Share Less Sensitive Information

Watch what you’re sharing on social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to a shocking amount of information—where you go to school, where you work, when you’re on vacation—that could help them gain access to more valuable data.

Stay Current

Make sure your anti-virus software is always up to date.

Cut Out The “Middle Man”

Offline, be wary of social engineering, where someone attempts to gain information from you through manipulation. If someone calls or emails you asking for sensitive information, it’s okay to say no. You can always call the company directly to verify credentials before giving out any information.

Stay on Top of Your Accounts

On a personal note - be sure to monitor your bank, credit card and online retail accounts (i.e. Amazon) for any suspicious activity. If you access online portals or web sites for business, check to see if you see something unfamiliar. Don’t use the same password over again for personal or work.