Top tips ahead of National Computer Security Day

The findings come ahead of National Computer Security Day, which is held each November 30 in the U.S. (the event has been running since 1988). In time for this event, the 2020 Unisys Security Index finds that 1 in 3 (31 percent) of U.S. citizens are concerned about their data security. Furthermore, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of those living in the U.S. are seriously concerned that their identity could be stolen and/or misused.

The survey also identified that upwards of 70 percent of those in the U.S. would agree that the growing amount of data, applications and devices means that it is opportune to create a new, more secure and controlled internet.

Ahead of the event, the Chief Information Security Officer at Unisys, Mat Newfield, has provided Digital Journal readers with some advice for keeping cyber-safe while using our computers.


Newfield advises people to:

Check their passwords.

To change their default passwords.

To add additional layers of security for video conferences by using passwords and meeting identifications.

To always keep every passwords private.


For general warnings, Newfield recommends:

Beware of phishing emails.

Hover over links to check for their legitimacy.

Beware of unknown callers asking for personal information.

Corporate issued devices

From the business perspective, Newfield has some additional advice. This is:

Do not use company issued devices for personal uses, unless approved

Do not install unapproved applications on business devices.

Read up on your company’s security policies and procedures, and be familiar with them.

Report any problems promptly.

National Computer Security Day is designed to encourage people to secure their computers and their personal information. As computers, electronic devices, and smart phones have expanded, the technological developments have created many privacy and security issues.

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