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   *[[#​Don'​t use an administrator account|Don'​t use an administrator account]]   *[[#​Don'​t use an administrator account|Don'​t use an administrator account]]
   *[[#Take backups regularly and automatically|Take backups regularly and automatically]]   *[[#Take backups regularly and automatically|Take backups regularly and automatically]]
-  * [[#Encrypt USB drives before storing data on them|Encrypt USB drives before storing data on them]] 
-  * [[#Don’t put your USB stick in someone else’s computer|Don’t put your USB stick in someone else’s computer]] 
-  *[[#​Don'​t trust anyone else's USB sticks|Don'​t trust anyone else's USB sticks]] 
-    *[[#Do not take free USB sticks from conferences|Do not take free USB sticks from conferences]] 
-    *[[#Do not use USB sticks as give-aways at conferences|Do not use USB sticks as give-aways at conferences]] 
-    *[[#Do not pick up "​lost"​ USB sticks|Do not pick up "​lost"​ USB sticks]] 
   *[[#Enable your computer'​s firewall|Enable your computer'​s firewall]]   *[[#Enable your computer'​s firewall|Enable your computer'​s firewall]]
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 ====Don'​t share user accounts on your computer==== ====Don'​t share user accounts on your computer====
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 ====Take backups regularly and automatically==== ====Take backups regularly and automatically====
 [[backups|Here]]. [[backups|Here]].
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-====Encrypt USB drives before storing data on them ==== 
-If you are going to store information on a USB stick (perhaps as a backup), either use a USB stick with hardware encryption, or else encrypt the drive before you store the information on it. 
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-That way, if you lose the drive, or it is stolen, the finder or thief cannot access the information on it. 
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-====Don’t put your USB stick in someone else’s computer==== 
-No, this is not a euphemism. 
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-You have no idea what security might (or might not) be in place on the other computer, whether it is infected by a virus or dormant ransomware, and so on. 
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-Use an alternative whenever you can, such as a [[email_alternatives#​ways_of_sharing_large_or_sensitive_files|file transfer platform]]. 
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-If you absolutely have to transfer something to someone else’s computer via USB: 
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-  * wipe your memory stick first, using your computer’s disk formatting tools 
-  * put on it only the file you need to transfer 
-  * transfer it to the other computer 
-  * use the other computer’s disk formatting utility to wipe the USB stick 
-  * take the stick back and destroy it 
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-It’s not kind to the environment,​ but the price of small USB sticks makes them disposable. 
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-====Don'​t trust anyone else's USB sticks==== 
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-Even if it is coming from your friend, or a trusted colleague, do you know what security they have on their computer? Do you know what state their anti-virus protection is in? 
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-Get them to transfer you the file some other way, and take precautions when opening it. 
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-===Do not take free USB sticks from conferences=== 
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-Don't use USB sticks given away at events. If you need a USB stick for something, buy one from a vendor you trust. 
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-===Do not use USB sticks as give-aways at conferences === 
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-USB sticks might seem like good giveaway items at conferences,​ but it's a bad idea, as it encourages poor security practice. If you want to make files away, host them on your website or some other sharing service, and give out the link. 
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-=== Do not pick up "​lost"​ USB sticks === 
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-Nothing found on the ground or in the carpark or “left over” in a meeting room. 
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-Yes, it might suck to feel that you could be a good Samaritan and return someone’s vital information or backup of family photographs,​ but you have absolutely no idea as to what is on that memory stick, and there’s a chance, perhaps even a strong chance, that it might be an attack. 
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 ====Enable your computer'​s firewall ==== ====Enable your computer'​s firewall ====
securing_your_computer.txt · Last modified: 2019/08/24 07:09 by neil