Security Tips Essay

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Running head: SECURITY TIPS

Security Tips
Sunday, January 30, 2010

Security Tips Employees must share the responsibilities with their employer when it comes to keeping their computers and data safe. Employers can predict lots of issues and put barriers in place, but with new viruses and new hackers being produced every day there is no way that the security on your employer’s servers and firewalls can catch everything. There are several things that employees can look out for everyday to help prevent their individual computer being attacked and their data being made vulnerable. Internet, e-mail, passwords and sharing data probably rank as the top 4 ways employees allow their information to become exposed. Let us begin by
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Do not respond to e-mails requesting confidential information without confirming that the sender is valid. Most anyone who will e-mail you requesting personal information would also allow you to call and speak with them to give them the information they are requesting. Encryption is often the best way to protect your e-mail. “Plaintext is the message that is passed through an encryption algorithm, or cipher, and becomes ciphertext. When ciphertext is passed through a decryption algorithm, it becomes plaintext again” (Whitman, M. & Mattord, H., pg 233). Passwords are another way you can help protect your information. Although you may think that your password to your work computer is only there to protect people at work from accessing your information that is not true. Passwords should always be a minimum of 8 characters, include upper and lower case letters, at least 1 number and a character if possible. Some companies have minimum requirements, but others do not. Therefore it is up to you to help protect your information. Do not use the same password for everything and definitely do not comingle personal and work passwords. Passwords through your employers system can also be encrypted which provides additional protection. Changing your passwords often is another way to keep hackers at bay. Most IT security companies will recommend that you change your password every 30 days. Sharing data is a

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