- Prevent theft of important data by locating your network file server in a secure room. The room can be wired with alarms.
- Make sure all network users log out when they leave their desks for long periods. Computers should be turned off at night.
- Restrict specific desktop computers from logging in anyone other than the employee assigned to that desk. Your system administrator can document who logged in, when and from which computer.
- Use passwords and change them periodically. Do not tape your password to your monitor.
- If you are on a network, make sure that unauthorized persons do not have access to directories where sensitive work is stored.
- Use anti-virus programs on each computer as well as on network files.
- Use an encryption program for extremely sensitive information.
- Do not leave floppy disks unsecured.
- Make sure all backup disks are password protected.
- Remember: Deleting a file from a floppy disk or hard drive does not erase the data.
For more tips and information on protecting your firm's data check out our practice guide.
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