Schedule regular daily/weekly backups!!!
-If your system becomes infected, you can recover your most valuable
-Backup media (CD, ZIP, Tape, Hard Drive) is very inexpensive these
Treat your business e-mail address
like your social security #.
-Don't give it out unless you NEED to.
-Create "aliases" that you can use for specific purposes (aliases are
free - just ask)
-Use a free HotMail or Yahoo address for ALL non-business e-mail
-Listserves are breeding grounds for spammers - subscribe using a
E-Mail Attachments, Spam and
-You should NEVER open e-mail attachments from anyone unless your
-If it looks like it came from someone you know -- scan it for viruses
-NEVER "unsubscribe" to a spam message -- you're simply validating
-When sending mail to multiple addresses, send it To: yourself and
Bcc: everyone else. This will hide all of the addresses and keep
everyone's e-mail addresses private.
Don't put your e-mail address on
your web site.
-The only people that benefit from having it on your web site are
spammers & their software.
-Once your on a spam list, it will spread like wildfire.
-Your customers or constituents know how to contact you.
-Create an online form where your e-mail is difficult if not
impossible to find.
-If you need help creating a contact form, please contact us for help.
Update your Microsoft products!!!
-Anyone using a PC running Microsoft Windows -
go here now.
-Many people don't realize that you
also have to keep MS Office updated -
go here now.
Don't be online without updated
-Download the FREE virus definitions from your software vendor weekly.
-Configure your virus software to automatically check for updates.
Don't be online without firewall
-If you don't use a firewall or don't know what it is --- your asking
for big trouble!
-Get ZoneAlarm, BlackIce or some kind of software firewall ASAP.
-Failing to install a good firewall product is simply irresponsible.
High speed access (cable modem, DSL and satellite) has made it even
faster for hackers to penetrate your computer and use it for whatever
If possible, don't connect your
accounting or personnel computers to the internet.
-Try to keep all accounting and personnel records on a separate
-If improperly connected, your proprietary information could be stolen
-Identity theft is becoming more common each day - don't let the
-If this computer must be online, use a good firewall product.
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