Protect your technology

One of the most important online safety precautions you can take is to ensure your devices are protected against all forms of viruses and spyware.

How can you protect your organization?

Secure your computer

Your computer most likely contains a lot of your sensitive information. Take the proper steps to ensure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Regularly update your operating system.

Most major software companies regularly release updates or patches to their operating systems to repair security problems. You can minimize your exposure to attacks by keeping your computer’s software updated.

Get up-to-date antispyware and antivirus software.

Make sure you are running current software to catch any potential malicious codes, such as viruses, worms, Trojans, etc., that can infiltrate your computer and allow attackers to access your information or take it over.

Always log out of your session.

Online fraud can happen by moving from one website to another without logging out of a previous one. Always open a new browser instead of a window if you want to stay logged in where you are. Log out before closing your browser when you are finished.

Mind your portable devices

Although convenient, laptops, tablets, and smartphones are easily lost or stolen. Remember that these increasingly sophisticated devices may have access to sensitive information.

Lock your device.

Most portable devices can be configured to autolock and require a passcode. Use this feature whenever possible as a first line of defense.

Encrypt your data.

Encryption can make the data almost useless to the person finding your device. It's a best practice to encrypt files and folders. Consult your corporate technical support team for more information.

Use a screen guard.

This can help prevent someone from seeing your screen and enable you to work with sensitive information in a crowded area.