- 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.