17th March 2009
I visit a fair number of businesses each year and I am often surprised by the real lack of security for computer systems. Many businesses either don’t know about security or think that a security incident won’t affect them.
Here are 10 basic security precautions for Windows machines :
- Always set the option to force a user to press CTL-ALT-DEL before logging on
- Passwords should be at least six characters long and contain letters and numbers
- Don’t use your name, your partners name or the name of a pet as a password
- Don’t write the password on a post-it note and stick it to the screen or under the keyboard
- Passwords should be changed regularly
- Don’t share your password with anyone
- Use ant-ivirus software and keep it up to date
- Use an anti-spyware programme regularly
- Turn on the inbuilt firewall (Windows XP and later machines)
- When leaving the desktop or laptop unattended, lock the system by pressing the windows button and L
Simple steps can save real problems
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