Making and breaking security is dependent on good planning, which takes time that most people won’t devote. There are however, 4 quick ways to enhance the security of any office; home, small, or Fortune 500.
- Lock your screen every time you get up – Set your computer to automatically initiate a password-enabled screensaver when your machine is inactive for 10 minutes. Got to tinkle? Lock your screen first (Vista/XP users > Hold the Windows key  and press L).
- Buy a good shredder – A shredder that can destroy mail in its envelopes, CDs, and DVDs is an effective way to keep your confidential information safe.
- Invest in an alarm system and door lock – You’d be surprised at how many small companies don’t lock their front doors or have basic alarm systems on their windows. Keeping doors locked, even when the office is occupied will stop most opportunistic thieves.
- Enable Automatic Updates on your operating systems and applications – Or at least update notification so you can test patches before they are released into production. Don’t rely on an administrator to check for updates from time to time.
Successful security doesn’t require every component to be complex, this list could have much more added to it. I’d also recommend you take a page out of the crime book and train your users to think like the mafia.
What do you think is missing from this list?