July 1, 2016
Computer User Best Practices

There are things that you should consider when it comes to your work PC:

Passwords:
Simple passwords are highly discouraged (‘password’ is the single most common password in use!).  Passwords should be at least 8 characters and should contain a mix of upper and lower case as well as numbers/symbols. They should never contain any part of your name or email address. It is also recommended that you change your password every 90 days.​

Email:
Keeping your email account as small as possible is recommend to keep Outlook running at its best. Use the archive feature of Outlook to keep the number emails down but still have them available for review if necessary.  Archived files should be kept on the server so they are part of backups, or backed up manually to USB drives/CDs.  This is recommend because once the email has been archived, it is removed from the email server.

​Internet:
Chrome for the best internet browsing experience.  Chrome is safer and faster than Internet explorer.    Note some websites still require IE to display properly, so for those sites you may have to switch to IE.  In these cases,  the website will usually display a message indicating you should use Internet Explorer.

Wifi:
Wifi by its nature is less secure and slower than wired access, so when available you should use hardwired connections to your network.  When using wifi, make sure you are connecting to your network.