Securing your devices

Computer Security

To prevent malicious software infecting your computers and network, it is important that you follow some basic steps to secure your data.

  • Install and keep up to date reputable anti-virus / anti-spyware / firewall software on your computers and network.
  • Ensure that your Internet connection and server network are password protected and endeavour to limit the number of users with this information as much as possible.
  • Ensure that the data contained on your server is backed up regularly (“off-site” if possible).
  • Where possible, encrypt your server and computers to further secure data.
  • When you are sharing resources online, or accessing your systems remotely, pay particular attention to ensure that your network is secure and that all security software is up to date on all devices.

Mobile Device Security

Ensuring that you have appropriate security on your mobile devices (like smart phones and tablets) is just as important as securing the information on your main computer.  You should use all your device’s security features. These often include:

  • setting up an access PIN (Don’t save passwords or PINs on your phone);
  • keeping your device’s operating system up to date;
  • using “remote tracking” for your devices (like “Find My iPhone”); and
  • setting up your mobile devices to lock after a few minutes of inactivity.

Mobile devices can be easily lost or stolen so ensuring that you are using the available security settings is the best way to ensure that your data stays safe.

For further information on keeping your details safe visit https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/mobile-devices.