It is not the computer system which is precious all the times but mostly it is the data which is in there which is precious. Lost or stolen data from your computer’s hard drive can lead you and your company into a very troublesome situation because that data can reveal a lot about the company and even a lot about you as in person. One should always take apt care when it comes to computer security so that there comes no such situation in which your data gets stolen or damaged. In this post I will discuss some tips of making the data safe and secure on your computer.
Install adequate security software:
Make sure that all the pre-installed security software on your computer is up to date and have all the patches installed. It is very important for the security software to be updated because this is how they will be able to detect the new infections. If possible make sure that appropriate security is levied on the routing and server level in your company’s network.
Week password, or easy to guess passwords are of no use. They can easily be guessed or broken by using the Password Breaking software. Whenever you set a password make sure that it is an alphanumeric one and it doesn’t contain your or your company’s name making it difficult for the crackers to crack. Keep on changing the passwords after a week or two.
Do not save Passwords:
Password saving is a feature available in all the browsers and this feature should only be used if you solely work on your personal computer. If you share your computer with some other employee then never ever save your passwords in the browsers memory otherwise you might end up compromising your privacy.
Save crucial data on Share drives:
Share drives are folders on the server which are allocated to the users so that they can save their important and crucial data there. Typically servers are the safest computers in any organization and are always in a safe, water proof, fire proof, and theft proof rooms. So why not make a use of this security which your company’s server has.
Use Windows + L:
Even if you are leaving your workstation for a moment still make a habit to lock the computer by pressing Windows key along with L. This is the keyboard shortcut for locking the desktop of your logged in computer. This will leave no possibility for anyone to quickly work in your login and transfer some crucial data.
Use Password in Screensavers:
Just to second the last point if somehow you forget to lock the desktop when leaving the workstation then at least a password protected screensaver will do the same for you after a minute. Just make sure that you have enabled password in the screensaver and the timeout is at the minimum of one minute so that your computer gets locked as quickly as possible.
File encryption is one of the best security efforts in Windows operating systems and if you encrypt any folder or file then it cannot be opened on any other computer or in any other windows account. So always encrypt the secure information.
Not everything and anything is meant to be opened. In case you get a mail which looks suspicious, then do not open it because opening it may spread the infection. Forward such mails to the IT team so that they scrutinize it and also install proper protection so that it doesn’t come in the network again.
Keep Emails Secure:
Emails can be easily hacked if hacker has decent tools for the same. So if you have to send some crucial information or data on the Emails then encrypt them so that only intended recipients can open it and others cannot.
Enable junk filters:
Another effort to stay safe; enable junk emails folder to capture all the Junk and suspicious mails so that they do not blink in your inbox and you don’t accidently open them. Junk emails can be harmful and can infect your computer and your network as well.