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Resolutions for the New Year

1/23/2012
 

In the Year 2012…

 

As the new year begins, many people start off by listing their resolutions for the rest of the year.  When you are thinking about how to improve in 2012, make sure you do not forget the possible security-related resolutions!

 

I will not fall for scams

 

Could you tell if an email message requesting personal information was legitimate? In most cases you can trust your instincts (if an email message looks suspicious, it probably is). However there are some messages that look like the real thing but aren't. If an email message contains any of the following phrases, there's a good chance it could be a phishing scheme.

  • We need to verify your account information.
  • If you don't respond immediately, your account will be cancelled.
  • Click the link below to update your information.
 

I will always lock my computer when leaving

 

Did you know there are keyboard shortcuts other than CRTL+ALT+DEL that you can use to lock your desktop? This will prevent people from walking up and snooping on your computer. You can save a keystroke by simultaneously pressing the Windows key + L. The Windows key has four wavy squares.

 

I will not forward chain or spam messages to friends and co-workers

 

If you're like most people, you've probably received at least one hoax or chain letter in your inbox. What should you do with the next one you receive? Delete it! Why you ask? Because chain letters and hoaxes have the potential to cause problems (lots of network traffic or just filling up someone's inbox) and they can also be very annoying. Visit the following sites to find out more about hoaxes and chain letters.

 

I will be more cautious of tailgaters at access points

 

Your first line of defense starts at the door. Always make sure people accessing your building are authorized and displaying their identity badge.

 

I will make sure my information is protected during online transactions

 

Always read the privacy statement before you fill in the blanks. You should also verify that the site is using encryption before you submit any information — look for https in the web address and for a padlock or key in the lower right corner of your browser. Don't send personal information (social security number, credit card number, etc.) in an unencrypted email or through instant messaging.