Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Computer Security Day

It's been a long while since I posted here. Time is flying by. A colleague at work sent the following security PSA to all Shift4 employees and he was gracious enough to let me re-post here for the world. Good info...

Computer Security Day is observed annually on November 30.

Identity theft, credit card fraud, ransomware, and more endanger our online experiences every day.

History of Computer Security Day
Computer Security Day began in 1988, around the time when computers were becoming commonplace in business and government and in the home…when they no longer cost $10,000.  The Internet, as we know it today, was also an infant.  While hacking and computer viruses have been around since the early days, evolving and increasingly sophisticated malicious technologies will continue to be a threat to online computer activities forever.  Computer security had already become a major concern by the end of the 80s so Computer Security Day was created to educate users and raise awareness.

Here is a checklist you can follow to help secure your computer at work and at home:
·         A password is required to access my computer.
·         Windows Update is enabled.
·         I use antivirus software and make sure it is updated daily.
·         My Windows Firewall is on.
·         I keep my computer applications patched up to date.
·         I remove unused computer applications.
·         I always use strong passwords.
·         I don’t share or write down passwords.
·         I log off my computer when I’m not using it.
·         My home wireless network is secured with a strong password and strong encryption.
·         I regularly backup my important data to an offline device.
·         I use caution when I browse the Internet.
·         I suspect foul play when my browser is redirected to another web site.
·         I don’t allow my web browser to store or remember my passwords.
·         I regularly delete temporary Internet files.
·         I don’t open attachments or click on links in email from people I don’t know.
·         I make online purchases only on well known, reputable web sites.
·         I look for “https” in the address bar before submitting personal and payment information.
·         I don’t save my credit card information on web sites.
·         I don’t use my debit card online.
·         I don’t use the same password for all online services.


Secure Payment Processing


Stephen Ames, CISA, CISSP
Senior Director, Security Compliance

Shift4 Corporation
1491 Center Crossing Road
Las Vegas, NV 89144-7047
702.597.2480 ext. 46700
fax 702.597.2499

"In the pursuit of security assume nothing." -sga