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What you can do to help...

 Here are some simple and easy steps you can take to help protect your computer, the data on it, and keep sensitive and confidential just that - PRIVATE.

  • Do not store confidential data on your computer unless you must.
  • If storing confidential data on your computer is absolutely necessary, delete it (securely) as soon as you're done with it.
  • Encrypt confidential data stored on your computer.
  • Frequently back up your computer and keep the backup in a secure location.
  • Choose your passwords carefully.  Passwords should be at least 8 characters long, should include letters, numbers, and special symbols.  Carefully manage your passwords, and do not keep a post it note with your password on your monitor!
  • Do not store confidential information on handheld devices.
  • Do not send confidential information via email.
  • Take appropriate precautions to avoid viruses, worms, and other attacks on your computer.
  • Do not set your computer to automatically login. Set a password to wake your computer from sleep or from screen saver mode.
  • Take appropriate measures to protect your computer from theft. If you have a laptop, use a security cable during business hours and lock the laptop in a secure cabinet at nights and over the weekend.