PKM Practices to Protect Client Data

October 1, 2014

Sam Sims
Network Administrator

While the Internet is our lifeline to the world, the Internet is also a dangerous world filled with viruses, spyware, and bad people. Therefore is it very important that you protect yourselves from these things and people. At PKM, we enforce strict security policies to protect our client’s data. These policies are also relevant to your personal data.

I am sure we have all received an email from a friend or relative with a link suggesting that we buy something or click on a link. Yes, their account was hacked because they probably never changed their password. It is good to change your password at least every 6 months. Your password should include upper/lower case letters, symbols, a number, and be at minimum 10 characters long. In addition, do not use any of your personal information in your password.

NEVER click on a link or open an attachment from someone you do not know. Doing so can allow a hacker to access your machine or worse install a virus that could either bring down your machine or capture personal data. Keyloggers will log every key you type looking for patterns such as:

www.bankofamerica.comlklhall55g7yuj  (not an actual link)

The string listed above gives the Bank of America website and a username and password that usually follow. As you become more and more successful in your careers, you will be placed in the crosshairs of cyber attackers. But remember, you can protect yourself by simply applying these rules.