Here at Security First Bank, one of our top priorities is keeping our customer’s information safe. A big part of keeping information safe is by staying informed. Below, we have compiled a tip list created by Microsoft to help keep your business information safe at work.
Top Tips for Internet Security at Work
- Defend your computer
- Strengthen your computer’s defenses. Keep all software (included your web browser) current with automatic updating (or follow the directions of IT staff). Install legitimate antivirus and antispyware software. Never turn off your firewall.
- Don’t be tricked into downloading malicious software. Stop and think before you open attachments or click links in unusual email, text, or instant messages (IM), on social networks, or in random pop-up windows. If you’re unsure if a message is legitimate – even from a coworker – contact the sender to confirm using a different device and another account.
- Protect company data and financial assets
- Don’t put confidential information in email, instant, or text messages; they may not be secure.
- Beware of scams. Never give information like an account number or password in response to a phone call, or email or other online request.
- For the most sensitive transactions – Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments, payroll, and the like – consider a dedicated computer not used for email or web browsing.
- Create strong passwords and keep them private
- Lock devices, company routers, and online accounts with strong passwords or PINs. Strong passwords are long phrases or sentences and mix capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Don’t disclose passwords or PINs to coworkers.
- Use a unique password on each account or device containing personal or business data, and change them regularly.
- Guard company data when you’re on the go
- Treat all public Wi-Fi networks as a security risk.
- Choose the most secure option – it could include password-protection or encryption – even if you have to pay for it.
- Confirm the exact spelling of the wireless network you’re connecting to – beware of clever (slightly misspelled) fakes, such as www.micrsoft.com.
- Encrypt all confidential data on smartphones, laptops. flash drives, and other portable devices in case they’re lost or stolen.
- Never make financial and other sensitive transactions on any device over public wireless networks.
- Don’t put any unknown flash (or USB) drive into your computer.
- On your flash drive, don’t open files that are not familiar.
What to do if there are problems
When using email, a social network, or other service, report:
- Scams, obscene material, or aggressive behavior to the service.
- Any misrepresentation of your organization – for example, a phishing scam that pretended to be from your company – to your system administrator and the Anti-Phishing Working Group at www.antiphishing.org/report_phishing.html
Theft or loss of company data or other assets
If sensitive company data or accounts have been compromised because of theft or loss of a laptop, smartphone, or other device, or because of a breach of network security or an account:
- Report it immediately to IT or security personnel, if your organization has them, and to the bank, when appropriate.
- Change all passwords used to log on to the device.
- Contact the service provider for help in wiping the data from smartphones and other devices.
More helpful info
- Find out how to create strong passwords (aka.ms/passwords-create) and then check their strength (microsoft.com/passwordchecker).
- For other ideas about how to work more securely, visit: microsoft.com/atwork/security/worksecure.aspx
If you run a business without IT support
- Microsoft can help you defend company computers: microsoft.com/security/pycp.aspx
- The National Cyber Security Alliance can help you create a cyber security plan for your business: aka.ms/Cyber_security_plan
- If a computer isn’t running as expected (it’s unusually slow or crashes frequently), it might have been damaged by malware. Microsoft can help you address this: aka.ms/Troubleshooting_101.