✓ Create passwords that are at least 10-14 characters; use a mix of numbers, upper- and lowercase letters and symbols

✓ Change passwords three to four times a year

✓ Store in a safe place or utilize a password management tool

x Do not use the same password for multiple accounts

x Do not create common passwords

x Do not select “remember my password” on websites you visit


Keep software/browser/systems up to date

Install antivirus software and keep it up to date

Turn on firewall to highest level

Regularly back up your data

x Do not install or use pirated software

x Do not install P2P filesharing programs

x Do not set email to auto-open attachments


Keep screen lock on; choose strong passwords

Select a device with anti-theft features

Turn off Bluetooth when it’s not needed

Regularly update apps (e.g. security patches)

Securely back up your data

x Do not click on ads when surfing the internet


 Create one network for you, another for guests

Change your router’s name and password

Change the password to your wireless network

Turn on your router’s WPA2 encryption and firewall

x Do not use default usernames/passwords

x Do not broadcast your home network



Put theses safeguards in place as soon as possible – if you haven’t already.


Create separate email accounts for work, personal use, alert notifications, and other interests

Turn on two-factor authentication whenever an ecommerce site offers it

Encrypt important files before emailing them.

Use spam filtering to stop unwanted email from reaching our inbox

x Do not open emails from unknown senders

x Do no reply to requests for financial/personal information


✓ Download software only from trusted sources

Log out of sites instead of simply closing the window

Look for https:// for secure session validation

x Do not click on links from unknown/untrustworthy sources

x Do not allow ecommerce sites to store your credit card information

x Do not click on pop-up windows to close them; instead use the “X” in the upper right hand corner of the screen


Disable ad hoc networking

Turn off auto connect to non-preferred networks

Turn off file sharing

Consider using your phone’s mobile network instead

x Do not use/avoid public wi-fi

x Do not use public wi-fi to enter personal credentials; your keystrokes can be captured by hackers


Telephone the person who sent the email to confirm its authenticity if you suspect it may be fraudulent

Limit the amount of personal information you give out

Use privacy settings online whenever possible

x Do not respond to requests for personal or financial information in an email

x Do not open an attachment from someone you know if you are not expecting it; call to confirm before clicking

x Do not assume that every email you receive is authentic


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Never Click on a link in an email until you validate the source

Never enter personal information in an email or text message

Use antivirus software and keep it up to date

Limit web usage in the office to core, business-related sites

Make minimal use of unsecured, public networks

Create strong passwords and change them every 2-3 months

Do not use the same password for multiple account

Create separate email accounts for work, personal use, alert notifications and other interests

At home, set up a primary network and another for guests

Be prudent in what you share about yourself