Computer Security Day on November 30th reminds us to protect our computers. Every day, computers become faster and more advanced. Protecting the resources, tools, and information on them protects the people who use them, too.
Since the first home computer, how we use them has changed. Today, we use computers to stay connected. We bank and work from home. While computers are on every campus in every school, many gain an education right from home. We do our taxes, attend meetings, and research complex issues all on computers.
It makes sense to do everything possible to keep these powerful machines secure. Right? Some of them hold a lifetime of data. Precious and irreplaceable photos, journals, novels, passwords. It is vital to protect even a portion of that information. Our very identity exists on computers.
Identity theft, fraud, ransomware, and viruses constantly attack our computers. They seek the most vulnerable users. In an instant, they take us offline, derailing a lifetime of accomplishment. Protect your family and business by giving your computers a security check-up.
HOW TO OBSERVE COMPUTER SECURITY DAY
Computer Security Day provides the perfect reminder! It is also important to review your computer’s security on a regular basis. Use the checklist below to secure your computer. If you use social media, it is also a good time to review your settings. Social media is another way identity thieves, viruses, and computer fraud is committed. Spread the word on social media using #ComputerSecurityDay to inform others how they can secure their data!
- Enable Windows Update.
- Install and keep running antivirus software.
- Turn on Windows Firewall.
- Keep all software updated.
- Always use strong passwords.
- Don’t share passwords and don’t write them down.
- A password is required to access my computer.
- Remove unused programs.
- Secure your wireless network.
- Back up critical data.
- Use caution when browsing the Internet.
- I log off the computer when I’m not using it.
- My web browser does not store or remember my passwords.
- Periodically remove temporary Internet files.
COMPUTER SECURITY DAY HISTORY
In 1988, the Association for Computer Security launched the first Computer Security Day to raise awareness concerning computer security issues.
Computer Security FAQ
Q. Is it ok to write down my passwords?
A. It depends. It is ok to write down your passwords unless you are in the habit of reusing passwords. If you use the same password for everything, you face a higher risk of all your accounts being hacked instead of one.
Q. I use the same password on everything. It’s easier to remember. Is that safe?
A. No. If you only use one password and it becomes compromised, all your accounts are compromised. Create a different password for every account.
Q. What if I only use numeric passwords?
A. These days, most accounts have minimum requirements for passwords.
- Minimum of 8 characters
- A least one number
- Lower and uppercase letters
- At least one symbol
This combination helps create a secure password.