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Acer America
Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.

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333 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, California 95110
United States

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October 15, 2014 |

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Top 10 Security Tips

Security tips from RoboForm password manager not only focus on passwords, but computers, credit cards, and the Internet in general.

Education goes a long way in preventing security breaches. So for National Cybersecurity Month, RoboForm, the password manager, has released a its top 10 cybersecurity tips for you to share with your customers.

  1. When using a debit card, run it as a credit card:†Not only will you not need to enter your PIN, you’ll get more anti-fraud protection should you later have problem with a purchase or if the card number is stolen.† In addition, there are times where you should use a credit card instead of a debit card, such as if you’re shopping online, if you’re making large purchases, and if you’re traveling on vacation.
  2. Don’t click the “unsubscribe” link on your spam emails:†Often, clicking the unsubscribe link just alerts the spammers that you are a “live” email address and results in your receiving even more spam.
  3. Use a different password for each secure site and change it every 30-60 days:†When a data breach occurs, cyber criminals often sell the information to third parties before the theft is detected. If you change your password regularly, you’ll have a better chance of ensuring that a new login protocol is in effect when the third-party buyer tries to use your password.
  4. Strengthen your password: The best strategy for protecting your information is to use a strong password that contains upper and lowercase letters as well as numbers and symbols. Consider using numbers and symbols that resemble letters to strengthen your password while keeping it easy to recall, e.g., “B@seb@11″ instead of “baseball.”
  5. Don’t leave desktops or laptops unattended in the office with a browser open: It only takes a few seconds for someone to use an open browser to collect login information and copy passwords, so make sure to shut down the browser or lock your screen if you’re going to be away from your computer, even for just a minute or two.
  6. Password-protect mobile phones and tablets: Many people these days use their personal devices for work, and if the device is lost or stolen, cyber thieves may be able to log in and collect sensitive company data – as well as personal account information. Use a strong password on all of your devices to keep information safer.
  7. Don’t fall for phishing scams:†So-called “phishing” scams occur when a cyber thief calls or emails while posing as a banking or merchant account official and attempts to collect login information. A sophisticated scammer can create a website that looks very much like a legitimate site. Never give out sensitive account information via email or over the phone. Instead, call the company directly.
  8. Consider a password management system:†Passwords are the first line of defense, but creating strong passwords, changing them every 30-60 days and using unique passwords for every site can be a hassle. Password management software automatically handles password creation and changes and only requires users to remember one password.
  9. Make sure employees know how to keep company information safe:†In the “bring your own device” (BYOD) era, it’s more important than ever to make sure team members understand how to operate safely online using their own devices or company equipment. Provide employees with the training and resources they need to operate devices safely.
  10. Regularly update software to eliminate security weaknesses:†Windows, Macs, and virtually all browsers regularly provide free software updates. Take advantage of this to close security loopholes!

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