Get up from your desk – don’t forget to…………
Lock your computer!
Plenty of people lock their computers when they walk away from their desks, but enough people don’t bother that this one is top of my list. Remember to lock your computer!
Your screen isn’t meant for anyone else’s eyes so if you’re not looking at it, nobody else should be looking at it either. Nobody else should be using your login either, no matter if it’s a colleague sending a joke email in your name when you go for a coffee or a rogue employee rifling through your stuff for confidential information.
To lock your Windows computer use CTRL+ALT+DEL and select Lock, or press ⊞+L. (That square character is the key with the Windows logo on it.) On a Mac press CTRL+⌘+Q (the four-leafed clover key is also labelled “command” ), or press the power button briefly.
Save and Save again!!!
I’m aware of how easy it is to get sucked into whatever it is you’re doing but we can’t protect things that you haven’t saved. Saving things regularly, to the appropriate place – such as network drives – ensures that the data you have is secure in the event that your laptop is stolen.
We’ll make sure your work laptop is encrypted so that your data won’t end up in the wrong hands if your laptop is lost or stolen, but we can’t recover your data if you haven’t saved it somewhere safe and secure where we can keep an eye on it for you.
Sam Cave – Naked Security 9th October 2017