IT Security Tip: What to do BEFORE you go to Starbucks

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So you’re in the car or subway on the way home from Starbucks, basking in the glow of consuming your triple-shot, low-foam, extra-hot latte when you suddenly realize your company laptop has gone missing. You drive or run back, only to discover no one has turned it in. What do you do? That depends on what precautions you have (or haven’t!) taken.

 

First, if you’ve properly encrypted your data, password-protected the access to your device and shut down and logged off all key applications, you’ve got a bit more time to respond. But the first thing to do, whether or not you’ve taken those precautionary measures, is to notify your IT department that you’ve lost your device. That will allow them to change passwords and lock access to applications and data a thief may gain access to via your unprotected laptop. They can also remotely wipe your device to make sure no one will be able to gain access to the data stored on your computer. (Which is also why it’s CRITICAL to back up your data on a daily basis!)

 

Next, change ALL the passwords to every web site you log in to, starting with any sites that contain financial data (your bank account) or company data. If your laptop contained medical records, financial information or other sensitive data (like social insurance numbers, birthdays, etc.), then you need to contact a qualified attorney to understand what you may be required to do by law to notify individuals who may be affected.

 

Put a pin-code lock or password requirement to access a device after 10 minutes of inactivity, and get into the habit of logging out of web sites when you’re done using them.

 

Want to learn 7 critical security measures you should have in place on all of the mobile devices in your company?  Read TAG’s Business Advisory Guide ‘7 Critical Security Measures Every Business Must Put in Place with Mobile Computing’.

Safe Networking!

 

You can get instant access to the report here. http://www.technicalactiongroup.ca/securemobilecomputingreport/

This IT Security Tip was brought to you by the Cyber Security Evangelists at Technical Action Group (TAG)

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