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Safe Computing Practices

Safe Computing Practices

ESRAG members are asked to be familiar with and use the practices outlined below.  Internet security is a threat not only to the integrity of data, but also to one's identity.  Following these practices and others helps to safeguard your identity.  

ESRAG members with access to membership data are asked to agree explicitly to follow the practices below to the best of their ability. 

Safe password practices

  • Use strong passwords
  • Don't share your password with others.
  • Don't store/write in an obvious location 
  • Use "secure socket" and encryption methods to send your password.
  • Don't send passwords about your accounts in unencrypted emails 


  • Make sure you trust applications before downloading and installing them.
  • Be aware of the possibility of downloading infected files sent as email attachments.  Friends' email accounts may be hacked.
  • Be aware of tactics associated with Phishing

Your computing environment

  • Keep your web browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc.) updated with security patches as the become available.  
  • Keep your operating system (Apple/Microsoft) updated.
  • Be aware of using your password in public forums.
  • Maintain anti-virus and malware applications on your computer.
  • Back up your data frequently.
  • Maintain multiple backup versions for redundancy.


Last updated May 26, 2018/mjm