Essential Security Tips
You're probably familiar with much of the information in
this guide. Nevertheless, reviewing these tips can only improve the way you
protect your personal information online.
Choose a long and memorable password.
A password is like a hair comb: choose a good one, don't share it
with anyone, and change it at the first sign of a problem. A password can
be any length, and may contain spaces, symbols, or numbers. You should
come up with something that's easy for you to remember but impossible for
someone to figure out.
Company's will not ask for your password in an unsolicited email or phone
call. If you
receive such a request, assume it's a hoax and don't reply.
Anyone, anywhere in the
world, can register for an ISP account, and Internet email protocols allow
anyone to send a message that appears to be from any other person. Don't
assume an email from "Dad" or "Uncle Paul" was actually sent from someone you know, and don't assume that
an unsolicited message from firstname.lastname@example.org or any other @winetouroregon.com
address was really sent by that
Scams are a popular way
of getting your personal information. The most common scams are fake login
pages and forged emails that ask for your passwords, credit card number,
or other sensitive information. Ignore or
to us anything you see that strikes you as questionable or suspicious.
Know your software.
software (e.g., viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and spyware) often
masquerades as legitimate and even useful software. Think carefully before
installing or running new software, especially anything unsolicited.
Use anti-virus software.
detect many, but not all, forms of malicious software before they have a
chance to affect your computer. Most notably, anti-virus software does not
Keep your software up to
date. You can
prevent many problems by regularly checking for and installing updates for
your operating system, browser, messaging software, and other programs.
Clean up after using
If you share a computer,
whether it's in a public or private setting, make sure to sign out when
not using your account. You should also learn how to "clear the cache," if
you use the computer to browse the Internet. Remember that using a shared
computer is always riskier than using a computer to which you are the only
person with access.
If you think
your account has been compromised or someone else knows your account
contact My Chauffeur
for assistance as soon as possible.
Everyone has a role to
working together, understanding the risks and knowing how to protect
ourselves, we can enjoy our online experience more and be less likely to
run into trouble.