Cyber Safety Practices In the Workspace

Clean – Desk Practices To Keep Your Information Safe

Our cubicles and desks can start to feel like home after a while.  It’s great to add that personal touch to our work-space, but it’s important to not let general cyber-safety practices slide no matter how comfortable in our space we feel.   In this article you will find a list of work-space NO’S, following these easy steps can help you keep your work and private information safe.  

Work-Space "No-No's"

  • Don’t write passwords on Post-It notes.
    • Don’t write passwords on post-it notes and stick them to your computer monitor (or under your keyboard).  Writing down passwords is not a great idea in general, but if you do, make sure no one else can find them.
  • Lock your computer when you’re away from your desk.
    • This is an important rule.  Leaving your computer open when you leave your desk, even for a few minutes, leave it susceptible to data theft.  Not only can someone access the network, but they may gain access to confidential information.
  • Secure portable devices.
    • Make sure laptops, and other portable devices, are locked in a drawer at the end of the night.  This will help prevent theft and unauthorized login. 
  • Clear sensitive documents from desk.
    • Documents containing sensitive information shouldn’t be left on an unattended desk.  Make sure paperwork and USB drives are locked up when not in use.
  • Log off your computer workstation at the end of the day.
    • Logging off the computer allows it to install updates and reboot if needed as well as make it run faster – think of how often you solve a glitchy computer problem by rebooting it.  

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