Computer Safety

By: Darrah Butler

Security Practices

How can someone be safe while at work? How should they sit at their desks? How about fire safety? How should a workplace be safe for the employees? If you want to know the answers to these common questions, you came to the right place! Here are some tips to solve these problems.

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How you react to a fire depends on how well you prepare for an emergency. Offices should inform all workers of the rules if there is ever an emergency in their workplace. Otherwise, the place would be crazy! Here are some easy ways to remember the basic procedures of a fire emergency. According to the Department of Environment, Health, and Safety:

R: Remove anyone from immediate danger.

A: Activate the building fire alarm and call 911.

C: Confine the fire by closing all windows and doors.

E: Evacuate, leave the building.”

To be comfortable where you work, you need correct ergonomics or the way you sit at your desk. First, push your hips back all the way, so you don’t slump in your chair. Next, adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor, and your knees equal to your hip. Then put your chair back at a one hundred degrees angle to be alert while you are working.

Creating a work setting that is safe 365 days a year is in all our interests. It is easy to see that health and safety play an important role in a decent office. I hope this information helped you make your workplace more comfortable and safe.

Safe Passwords

Wondering how to protect a file? One way to protect it is to save it and/or send it in an encrypted format. Many software packages allow the user to encrypt sensitive and important information. Protecting a computer or file with a password is also important. This helps you prevent other people from opening your documents, workbooks, and presentations. You would not leave your car or home unlocked because it contains valuable contents. In the same way, you should password protect your files and your computer. This simple measure could save you valuable time money, and headaches.

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Hackers do not get only common people, they also get businesses. Target, Premera Blue Cross, Anthem, Chick-fil-A, and Sony have all been hacked. Names, emergency contact information, social security information, telephone numbers, email addresses, and credit card numbers have been exposed. If a customer’s information is leaked or money is taken, the customer loses trust in the company. This could affect the company’s business by driving up prices and could even cause it to shut down. If the hackers use your information and destroy your credit, it could take years to repair it. This can cost you a lot of money.

Protection from viruses

Has your computer been running slow lately? If so, it might have a virus. A virus is a piece of code that is capable of copying itself. It usually has a detrimental effect, such as corrupting the system or destroying data. Sometimes you might have a virus and not even know it! Here are some signs that will tell you if something is wrong with your computer.

You need to make sure that you do the following:

  1. Keep your software updated

  2. Don’t click on links within emails

  3. Use free antivirus software

  4. Back up your computer

  5. Use a strong password

  6. Use a firewall

How to Recover form viruses

1. Disconnect the computer from power

2. Scan your computer

3. Backup your data

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