on Safeguarding Personal Information
Technology makes many things easier, but also brings new risks to the
security of personal information. The following advice, based on best
practice, will help you safeguard personal information which all
Friends will possess, such as other people's email addresses, as well
as more confidential information you may have as a Clerk, Treasurer,
Overseer or other committee member.
- Whether you use a computer, tablet or
smartphone, make sure the virus protection and firewall are working,
and that the operating system is kept up to date.
- Be suspicious of any emails, text
messages or website messages which you are not expecting. Only download
from legitimate sources.
- Consider who else might access your
equipment. Do you need to protect files or the whole computer/mobile
phone with a password? This is particularly important for portable
equipment and usb sticks which might be lost or
- Do not download/send confidential
information when connected to a public wi-fi hotspot such as a cafe or
- Backup all important information on a regular basis.
- Before disposing of equipment, securely