Secure Handover Care of Government Issued Devices

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Introduction

  • For the purposes of getting their work done, the Government issues various devices to the appropriate authorities. Such devices include among others:
    • phones
    • tabs
    • laptops
    • desktops
  • Best practices in using such Govt issued (even personal ones) access devices are:
  1. Use live OSes where possible
  2. Do not save passwords and history in browsers
  3. Clear all "recent" document links in every application used.
  4. Reset all passwords to common values you wish to pass on.
  5. Store all data in a separate folder in a non OS partition
  6. Factory reset the device after handing over chosen archived information to the next incumbent
  7. When printing mails, remove all mail headers by copy/pasting only relevant parts into a temporary word processor document.
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