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You know how to secure your car. You lock your doors, store valuable items out of sight, and park in well-lit areas. You even have a fancy alarm system to alert you of intruders. But do you lock the doors on your computer? Any time you walk away from your computer without locking it – even if it’s just a quick trip across the hall – others could potentially access the information on it. That means they could send fake emails from your account or access your sensitive data. It only takes a few seconds to make sure your machine is physically protected when you are not sitting in front of it. So take a moment to look over these quick tips for securing your physical environment.

  • Never leave a mobile device unattended.
  • Lock your workstation when you are not in front of it.
  • If you must leave a mobile device in your vehicle, store it in the trunk. It is best to place it in the trunk before you reach your destination.
  • When traveling, keep your mobile device with you at all times. If you leave your devices in a hotel room, be sure to use a cable lock or store the device in the hotel safe.
  • Use a passcode on your cell phone, especially if you use it to access your email. If your phone is lost or stolen, others could gain access to your email account, Facebook account, and all of your contacts.
  • If your business process requires storage of sensitive data on a portable computing device such as a laptop, flash drive, or Smartphone then that device must be encrypted with a Federal Information Processing Standard encryption mechanism. For more information, please see our Portable Computing Device policy
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