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Security, security, security

As a society we have come a long way when it comes to understanding the importance of computer security. Most of us have the standard antivirus software installed and for the most part have figured out how to secure our wireless networks.

The scary thing is both of these common tactics fail to eliminate the biggest security concern for every business, the staff.

If you have an IT person on staff or contracted to work with your business chances are they have taken the basic steps to secure your network from the common hacker. What is often however overlooked is educating your staff on the do’s and don’ts of computer security.

Password complexity

The first line of defence for all networks is your individual username and password. Many businesses still allow their users to choose a personal password which can often be a terrible idea. Often these passwords can be easily guessed by anyone who may know that individual. Common examples include:

  • Partner’s name
  • Kids’ names
  • Pets’ names
  • Favourite sports team

A password to be secure should not be something that not easily guessed by anyone who may know you. It should in fact not even be in the English dictionary! A group a numbers, letters (upper and lower case), and special characters should be used for all passwords.

Password security

As an IT consultant with over 15 years of experience the first place I look for someone’s password is under their keyboard, mouse pad or any sticky note attached to your monitor. Yes, I am speaking to you, the person who just lowered their head because your password is sitting in one of those places.

Never, ever, ever write down or give out your password for any reason. This is the easiest way for a person to find out how to gain access to your personal information.

Physical security

The last area of concern is physical security. You would often be amazed how easily someone who identifies themselves as a Bell technician, or someone from your security company (based on the sticker on your front door) can gain instant access to your network room. Remember to check credentials. Ask to take a photocopy of their photo ID before allowing entry. Finally, if the person is unable or unwilling to provide their ID for photocopying call the head office and confirm the identity of the person asking to gain access to such a sensitive area. This is not being rude it is being prudent about your security.

If you have any questions or would like to know how The Dunham Group Inc. can help your business with computers, networks, or security support please don’t hesitate to call Jeremy McMaster at 905-628-6010 (ext 106).

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