Sensitive Information

  • Don't send personal or financial information (SS#s, credit card numbers) via email. Typically, email systems are not encrypted, meaning they aren't secure. It's a good habit to avoid sending any private information via email.
  • Don't send personal or financial information over unsecure websites. A website is secure if the url begins with https://.  There may be some other indication as well depending on the web browser you use.  This reasonable security measure means that all your data to and from the site is encrypted.  You can feel comfortable that your connection is secure; however, if your browser tells you there is something wrong with the security "certificate", don't use the site and contact your IT help desk or staff.
  • You should log out of your workstation's operating system when you leave, even for a few moments. Having a secure and hard to guess password is useless if a hacker can access your account because it is unattended.
  • Use a password-protected screen saver. You can choose the period of time lapse before your screen saver starts. Five minutes or less is a good choice.
  • Back up your data. If you have important files stored on your computer, copy them onto a removable disc and store them in a safe place.