Seven Simple Security Tips for Small
Business Computer Users
Choose passwords that are difficult or impossible to guess. Give
different passwords to all accounts.
- Make regular backups of critical data. Backups
must be made at least once each day. Larger organizations
should perform a full backup weekly and incremental backups
every day. At least once a month the backup media should
- Use virus protection software. That means three
things: having it on your computer in the first place, checking
daily for new virus signature updates, and then actually
scanning all the files on your computer periodically.
- Use a firewall as a gatekeeper between your computer
and the Internet. Firewalls are usually software products.
They are essential for those who keep their computers online
through the popular DSL and cable modem connections but
they are also valuable for those who still dial in.
- Do not keep computers online when not in use. Either
shut them off or physically disconnect them from Internet
- Do not open e-mail attachments from strangers,
regardless of how enticing the Subject Line or attachment
may be. Be suspicious of any unexpected e-mail
attachment from someone you do know because it
may have been sent without that persons knowledge
from an infected machine.
- Regularly download security patches from your software
source: National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC)