Healthy IT Habits

As a Fully Managed client, your system is getting the best care there is – but keeping your network healthy is a team effort. Here are a few steps you can take to get the most out of your partnership with Computer Options.

Workstations

  • Log out of all workstations every evening.
  • Leave your workstations on at all times (but feel free to turn off your screens).
  • Make sure there is enough space for good air flow around each workstation.
  • Reboot all workstations at least once per week.

Password security

  • Keep your passwords safe and private, to prevent unauthorized access to your company’s information.
  • All passwords should be at least 8 characters long and include letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Each user should have their own username and password – never reveal your password to anyone except your IT manager.

Servers & Backups

  • Do not store files on workstations – always save your work to a server.
  • Do not use a server as a workstation.
  • Make sure servers are always connected to a working battery backup (UPS).
  • Where possible, servers should be in a physically secure location – preferably behind a locked door.
  • Keep several backups, and rotate backup media.
  • Store an offsite backup in a secure location – do not leave it in a car, briefcase, etc. any longer than is absolutely necessary.

Keep in touch

  • When an employee is hired or leaves the company, inform us immediately so we can set up or disable their account.
  • Don’t use shared logon accounts, unless there is a clear business need for them. Discuss the implications with us, and make sure you have our approval before sharing accounts.
  • Consult us before purchasing new software, computers, printers, cellphones, and other equipment to make sure it will fit in with your existing computer network.

Click here to download this list as a PDF – perfect for your office wall.

Network Security 101: Recognizing spam emails

Spam emails continue to be a problem for businesses, and can sometimes carry viruses. To protect your network from suspicious emails, look for the following red flags:

Content:

  • Subject line is ambiguous, or blank
  • Content is very brief or missing entirely – it doesn’t follow usual communication rules
  • Contains spelling and grammatical errors
  • Requests you click a web link for further information (that might link to a virus)
  • Requests or insists that you provide personal or financial information
  • Insists that something terrible will happen if you don’t respond immediately

Addressing:

  • The “From” field contains your email address
  • The “To” field doesn’t actually contain your address – or it contains multiple addresses
  • You don’t know the sender, or you didn’t request the information
  • The sender’s email address is from another country (eg .eu = European Union, .uk = United Kingdom, .rn = Russia, .cn = China, .ca = Canada)

Images and attachments:

  • It has a .zip file attachment – these are the most suspicious files, and can carry viruses
  • The email appears to be from a respected company, but logos are missing or incorrect (just because there’s a logo, that doesn’t mean it’s safe!)
  • The email contains an image instead of any text
  • This email has many of the red flags from above: unknown sender from another country, an ambiguous subject line, little content, and a suspicious attachment that could contain a virus.

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