Here’s a set of guidelines you can use to be confident your congregation’s data and computers are safe.
Consider joining a community of congregational technology users for ongoing support. Take two minutes to subscribe to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) ChurchMgmtSoftware email list where you can ask a question, search for an answer, or give someone else a hand. After subscribing, you’ll receive an email asking for confirmation. In the email, select the link labeled “Or visit this web page” for best results.
Throughout these guidelines, we refer to Protected Information. Here are the types of information that fall into this category.
After doing all of the above, the first line of defense is…. YOU. Watch out for emails, websites, and popups that try to get you to:
In particular, never click on a link or a button in an email or a popup that you aren’t expecting, even if it appears to be from a friend. Your friend’s computer may be infected and sending a virus your way without their knowledge. If in doubt, contact the sender. Two minutes on the phone can save you hours or days of downtime and hassle.
Read the UUA’s Information Technology Services blog with info about spotting email scams.
Use an on-demand virus scanner if you think you’re infected. Never allow a popup or uninvited website to do a security scan for you, even if it includes a scary message about being infected. Never.
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Last updated on Sunday, September 30, 2012.
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