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Helpful Cybersecurity Tips for Computer Security Day


Helpful Cybersecurity Tips for Computer Security Day

It's hard to imagine a world without modern electronic devices. We us computers, tablets, phones, and increasingly more internet accessible devices constantly and reap the benefits of streamlined technology, better communication, and instantaneous access to things. This technology, while helpful, has also created new concerns regarding privacy and security. In order to bring this topic to the attention of the public, Computer Security Day was instituted back in 1988.

Today computer security is more important than ever, so in honor of Computer Security Day here are a few cybersecurity tips from The U.S. Small Business Administration:

Protect Against Viruses, Spyware, and Other Malicious Code

Ensure that all of your company's computers have anitvirus software and antispyware installed and up to date. It's also a good idea to configure all software to update automatically.

Secure Your Networks

Protect your networks by using a firewall and encrypting information. Make sure any Wi-Fi network is secure and hidden. You can do this by setting up your wireless access point or router so it doesn't broadcast the network name. Also be sure to password protect the router.

Establish Security Practices and Policies to Protect Sensitive Information

Set up clearly defined policies on how employees should handle sensitive data. Establish any consequences of violating these policies.

Control Physical Access to Computers and Network Components

Prevent unauthorized use of company computers by ensuring that each employee has a separate user account and original password. Take particular care with laptops since they can be more easily lost or stolen. Administration privileges should be given sparingly, ideally only to trusted IT staff and key personnel.

Check out all 10 tips on the U.S. Small Business Administration's website here.

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