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10 Tips for Work and Home Digital Safety

• May 24, 2016


While at work we depend on and expect our company technology resources to protect us and keep us safe online. We may assume that all sorts of protections are in place to ensure viruses, malware, and digital attackers are kept at bay and away from our workstations and mobile devices. At home we may feel less protected (unless you have a tech savvy household member) and as such be somewhat more prudent with your technology habits.

In fact, at Infinite Campus, we have multiple hardware and software systems, and several employees in our IT department that are working full time to protect and monitor our network from hundreds of attacks every day. With all the resources and people it is still a game of whack-a-mole to keep the bad guys locked out while letting the good traffic in and out. Whether you are at home or at work, it is imperative that you practice safe and secure use of all the technology you use. As parents, it’s also important to help our children make safe technology decisions.

Safe computing practices include a combination of how you physically or technically protect your computer by using software and security settings, as well as the actions you take while on line. You need attention to both to really make a difference.

SOME SAFE COMPUTING TIPS:

  1. Patch the operating system, firmware, and application versions of all devices and software you use.
  2. Install protective software such as antivirus and antimalware
  3. Choose strong passwords or better yet, use long pass phrases and never use the same one on multiple sites
  4. Backup, Backup, BACKUP!
  5. Control access to your machine. Don’t leave it unattended, especially when powered on.  Enable your screen lock even at home.
  6. Use email and the Internet safely. Remember phishing attacks and drive-by downloads are on the rise.
  7. Use secure connections. Ensure as many websites as possible that you use are HTTPS secured with SSL.
  8.  Protect sensitive data.  Resist sharing any personal data, likes, dislikes, location, contact information, etc. that collectively help build a digital profile.
  9. Use desktop firewalls.  Windows and iOS both have embedded firewalls in their operating systems. Use them!
  10. Most importantly, stay informed. Vulnerabilities and exploits change every day.  Stay abreast of them whenever possible.

TOOLS FOR SAFE COMPUTING:

  • Here is a brief survey you can take to assess how some of your actions might impact the security of the company.
  • Here is a survey you can take to assess your online identity risk. (This has a mobile, tablet, and desktop version.  For the desktop/laptop version you’ll need to allow flash to play).

VIDEOS FOR THE WEEK:

Don’t be a Billy

Cybercriminals

Stop. Think. Connect – (For kids)

Be Safe!  Be Secure!