Computer/Network Security

  • Proactively update your virus protection software to prevent malware from invading your systems.
  • Consider utilizing more than one anti-malware or internet security software for added protection.
  • Scan your computers/network regularly to identify and eliminate unwanted malware.
  • Enable appropriate firewalls, especially when using DSL or a cable modem to access the Internet, to help prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer, and to monitor the transfer of information to and from your computer.
  • Always sign out and close your browser after using a secure website.
  • Consider hiring a third party IT security consultant to assess your IT security program on a periodic basis.
  • When installing wireless connectivity equipment read the instruction manual and follow the manufacturer recommended security settings.
  • Utilize the timeout feature that automatically locks your computer when unattended.
  • Regularly install the recommended operating system and software updates, which usually include security updates (also called “patches” or “service packs”).
  • Before disposing/donating old computer equipment, be sure to clear the hard drive using a “wipe” utility program to ensure the information cannot be recovered by anyone.  This would include any computer equipment that can store information.