There are several steps you can take regularly to help prevent infection.
Tip 1: Enable Passwords on ALL your devices – both for business and personal use
Securing ALL devices, both personal and corporate, is highly recommended. In the event a device is lost or stolen this can mitigate risk of your confidential information being utilized to compromise systems.
- Use strong passwords – 10 or more characters with upper/lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
- Increase difficulty – do not use passwords that can be easily guessed – birthdays, child’s name, many of these can be easily mined from sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
- Unique Password – use unique passwords for all websites, do not use your same password on multiple sites.
- Don’t Share! – never share your password even with friends and family, they may inadvertently disseminate your security.
- Security Verification – when setting security or password verification questions, choose questions that are unlikely to be mined from social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and others.
Tip 2: Empty Temporary Internet Files & Cache Folders
Any information you displayed or entered into your computer could possibly be temporarily stored in the browser memory storage area.
RECOMMENDATION: After you have finished your internet browsing session, close your browser completely and erase any information that may have been stored in your browser.
- Internet Explorer: Open Internet Explorer and go to → Internet Options. Under Browsing history check the box Delete browsing history on exit, click Apply. Before exiting Internet Options select Delete… under Browsing history to immediately remove these files.
- Chrome: Open Chrome and go to → Select Advanced Settings. Under Privacy Select “Content Settings…” here you can manage security settings for your browser sessions and limit cached content.