Tips For Securing Your Computer

In addition to reliable office security from Lock Boss you will also need to ensure that your business is cyber secure.

Tip 1 – Hackers are always targeting you 

Never assume that it will not happen to you. Everyone is at risk and there’s a high possibility of an attack. Take care of your personal and financial good, and for the reputation of the university. 

Cybersecurity is a responsibility for each one of us. 

By observing the following tips, and maintaining vigilance, you’re playing your part well to protect yourself and other people. 

Tip 2 – Update all software 

Making software updates for your operating system and programs is key. Make sure you always install the latest security updates for your gadgets. 

Turn on the Automatic Updates for your operating system. 

Update all your browser plug-ins (Java, Flash, and others). 

Work with web browsers like Firefox or Chrome whose security updates are are automatically done frequently. 

Tip 3 – Beware of Phishing – watch out for phone calls and emails as well 

Phishing scams are a huge threat – by use of several social engineering ploys, cyber attackers will try to trick you into giving them your personal information such as Passwords, log-in ID, and even worse your bank card information. 

Phishing scams can be done by phone, or through social sites, however, the most common way is by email. 

Be careful of a phone call or email message that appears official and needs you to provide your personal or financial information. 

Look at our Phishing Resources section and you’ll get information about noticing phishing scams and how to protect yourself. 

Tip 4 – Manage your passwords well 

All of us have a lot of passwords we need to manage, and we may often take the short-cut of reusing the passwords. A password manager may assist you in coming up with strong passwords for all accounts you open. The programs can create strong passwords for you, automatically enter the credentials, and notify you when you may need to update your passwords. UC Berkeley gives all users with a CalNet ID free LastPass Premium. 

Our how-to article on protecting your credentials has incredible recommendations on securing your passwords. 

Tip 5 – Take care of what you click 

Don’t visit websites you don’t know about, and never download software from sources you don’t trust. These sites usually have malware that installs automatically and tampers with your computer. 

If you find suspicious attachments or links in the email, avoid clicking on them. 

ISO  recommends using NoScript or Click-to-Play, which are browser add-on-features that prevent plug-in content from being downloaded automatically or other scripts that can hold dangerous code. 

Tip 6 – Avoid leaving your devices unattended 

Just like the technical security of your devices is important, physical security is vital too. 

If you may need to leave your phone, tablet, or laptop for whatever amount of time, make sure you lock it to prevent anyone else from using it. 

If you store protected data on an external hard driver or a flash drive ensure they’re encrypted and put safely. 

For desktops, lock the screen or shut them down, when they’re not being used. 

Tip 7 – Protect Safeguarded Data 

Make sure you know about Protected Data that you meet and the restrictions associated with it. Check the UCB Data Classification Standard to know all the data protection requirements. Generally: 

Securely do away with sensitive data files in your system when you don’t need them anymore. 

Keep highly Protected data (such as credit card information, health information, SSNs, and student records) away from your workstation, mobile devices, and laptop. 

Make sure to use encryption in case you are storing or transmitting any sensitive data.

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