Wednesday, February 18, 2009

10 Cyber Security Tasks

When everything is going well, we tend to get lax. Many people are fairly lax with their cyber security because it is easier to hope that nothing bad will happen than to take the steps necessary to create a secure computing environment. Consider these ten tips to keep your computer and internet access safe:
  1. Change all of your passwords regularly. Make sure you use good, strong passwords that can't be easily cracked.
  2. Back up your files on a regular basis. Make sure your back-up system is password protected.
  3. Disconnect your computer from the internet when not in use (ie: pull out the cable and shut off the wi-fi).
  4. Update security patches, firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software regularly.
  5. Depending on the value of the information kept on your laptop or other portable device, consider installing a GPS tracking device on the units.
  6. Always lock down your computer when you leave it, even if you will be gone for only a few minutes.
  7. Keep your portable devices locked up when not in use. Securely out of sight, securely out of mind.
  8. Don't let anyone else use your computer. Better to buy a separate computer for family or guests to use rather than letting them use yours.
  9. Depending on the importance of the information kept on your computer, consider removing and securing the hard drive if necessary. Keep a secondary hard drive on hand to install on your computer when you remove and secure your main hard drive.
  10. Consider using two computers. One for your most secure work, the other for web browsing, opening email, etc.

1 comment:

  1. A suggestion on disconnecting your computer from the home network:

    In the case you have a wired connection from your computer to your modem, look at installing a router or switch in between them. That way you don't have to physically unplug the network cable constantly (undue wear) but unplug or shutoff the switch. Basically acts as a physical disconnect without unplugging the computer constantly.

    Wifi, little trickier... shutting off the wireless adapter on the laptop and unplugging the access point would work...