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Know your data

Tips offered for different types of information

Do you know the different types of information and how to keep it safe?

Postal Service employees share the responsibility for keeping information secure. There are three different types of data:

  • Publicly available information, which is accessible to all employees, suppliers and customers.
  • Sensitive information, which contains confidential personally identifiable data, such as dates of birth, Social Security numbers or bank routing numbers.
  • Sensitive-enhanced information, such as a driver’s license number or credit, debit or other payment card information.

Here are some tips for keeping information secure:

  • Lock documents and media containing sensitive or sensitive-enhanced information in a secure file cabinet or desk drawer.
  • Before leaving your computer screen unattended, lock it by pressing the “Windows” and “L” keys simultaneously. Unlock the screen by pressing the Ctrl, Alt and Delete simultaneously, and enter your password.
  • Every 90 days, change your passwords on postal-provided devices to a unique password that’s easy to remember and complies with USPS password guidelines.

Employees should refer to Handbook AS-805-C, Information Security Requirements for All Personnel, Section 4, for additional guidance.

More information is available on the CyberSafe at USPS site.

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