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Ten Tips to Secure Your Data

  1. Be sure desktops, laptops and servers conform to the Minimum Standards for security of devices connected to Clyde CISD's network.
    • Stay up-to-date with Windows (and other operating system) software patches and updates
    • Install Anti-virus Software keeping updates current
    • Install Anti-Spyware Software keeping updates current
    • Enable firewall software
    • Use strong passwords
    • Ensure physical security
    • Remove unnecessary Windows (and other operating system) services
    • Use secure system configurations settings (including browser settings)
  2. Never provide your password or other personal information via e-mail; no legitimate organization would ever request your password via e-mail.
  3. Though it is recommended that sensitive data not be stored on personal computers or personal storage devices, it will, in some cases, be necessary to work with SSNs and other sensitive information and retain that information on a desktop computer or personal storage devices.  Please use all precautions to ensure this data is maintained under your control.
  4. Make periodic backup copies of data from your hard drive, especially if this data is essential to business functions.
  5. Secure backup devices (flash drives, remote hard disks, CDs, etc.) when leaving the work area.
  6. Never click on a link within an e-mail or visit a web site unless you know the web site is reputable and virus and malware free.
  7. Never open e-mail attachments from unknown people / senders.
  8. Logoff when leave your computer unattended; use very strong screen saver passwords.
  9. Never propagate (re-send) “chain mail” that may contain links to sites with viruses or malware.
  10. Thoroughly evaluate shareware or free software; it may contain a virus.
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