Environmental Protection for Computer Systems

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scattered on someone’s desktop. There are ways to prevent these potential attacks that we all must be aware of.

If you are dealing with confidential data, it is always recommended to never leave it unattended on your desk for any period of time, even it if is just a quick run to the rest room. At a minimum, put it out of sight if it cannot be locked up. Whenever possible utilize password protection on critical business documents, in addition to having log-in information that is not easily guessed. Simple 3 and 4 character passwords are not strong enough. Try using 8 to 10 passwords that contain an assortment of letters, numeric, and special characters. Even phrases like “ILikep1zz@” are great passwords that are easy to remember.

Viruses can be a computer user’s worst nightmare. From having information stolen from your hard drive to even having it wiped completely clean, malicious software viruses can literally ruin your day. There are a plethora of virus protection software applications on the market, but they do not always do a good job protecting your assets if they are not installed properly, or their protection algorithms are out of date.

It is important to monitor your virus software to ensure that you have downloaded and properly updated it whenever the manufacturer makes them available. Virus Protection companies are constantly updating their software to ensure that they are protecting you against the latest threats that are lurking on the internet.

The weather is something that not many folks would consider as a potential danger to computer systems. Heat and humidity can have a negative effect on your system, in fact if a computer system gets too hot it can actually shut down with what are called “thermal checks”. It is also critical to have all your computing equipment plugged into good surge protectors. Power spikes caused by lightning, or even spikes from the power company themselves, can do permanent damage to the electronics within a computer. It is never a good idea to plug a computer directly into a wall socket. Furthermore if you do know a thunderstorm is approaching and you do not need to use your computer, do the safe thing and completely unplug it from the wall.

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