10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 76: Protecting Your Computer

by shannon on May 20, 2013

With identity thieves becoming more technologically savvy, it is important to protect your computer. In general, Apple computers are less susceptible to viruses and spyware but no matter what type of computer you use, install anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Keep these programs up to date by signing up for automatic updates. Your computer should also have software and hardware firewalls properly installed as well.

E-mail spam is another way that people may try to access your sensitive information so never send any identifying numbers in an e-mail. Do not respond to e-mails you are unfamiliar with. Do not open e-mail attachments unless you know the sender, and use a free e-mail account when signing up for online newsletters or shopping sites.

When making online purchases, before entering any of your personal information, be sure that the URL begins with “https” instead of “http” and look for a lock icon at the end of your browser address. Consider opting out of any of their marketing communications and having your packages shipped to your office or PO box. You may also want to use an on-line payment service such as PayPal so that your information is not shared with many individual merchants.

Passwords you create for various online accounts should be strong, containing characters as well as uppercase and lowercase lettering. Never use the last four digits of your social security number, your birth date, or your pet’s name. Try to keep passwords unique for important accounts and change your passwords frequently.

May your electronic information always be safe and protected!

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