Is Your Privacy REALLY Protected?

Happy Computing Tip #73:
Is Your Privacy REALLY Protected?
by Switch, the I.T. support robot
  

Shh! Don’t say it out loud. The cubes have ears
Office workspaces seem to be smaller and smaller. It is therefore harder to keep secrets when everyone is within earshot. When necessary use handwritten notes for transferring confidential information, and then shred the papers when done.
 
Do not write your password down and leave it near your computer
Writing your password on a ‘sticky-note’ and sticking it on your monitor makes it very easy for people who regularly steal passwords to obtain yours. Hiding it under your keyboard or mouse pad is not much better, as these are common hiding places for passwords. However if you must write something down, jot down a hint or clue that will help jog your memory or store the written password in a secure, locked place.
 
Effectively delete files
When you delete a file, depending on your operating system and your settings, the file may be transferred to your trash or recycle bin. This “holding area” essentially protects you from yourself—if you accidentally delete a file, you can easily restore it. An unauthorized person will also be able to retrieve it. Does your recycle bin include credit card information, passwords, medical, or other personal data? Is there sensitive corporate information? Empty the trash or recycle bin on a regular basis to ensure that deleted information stays deleted.