Information Security

Store Smart While Backing Up Personal and Postal Service Information Online

Information security is our shared responsibility when we connect online at work and at home. CyberSafe at USPS™ offers tips to securely perform a data backup on your personal and Postal Service™ computers and devices.

From family photos to critical business information, both your personal and professional computers and devices store important information. This information can be compromised by computer malfunctions, theft, or accidental deletion. By taking the steps to perform a routine data backup, you can guard your data.

Here are two processes for securely performing a data backup on your personal and Postal Service computers and devices:

1. Protect your personal information against data loss.

Back up important data stored on personal computers or devices to prevent losing your most important information. To perform backups on your personal devices, follow these three steps:

n Make copies of your data: Many computers come with backup software installed, so check to see if you have this software.

n Select hardware to store your data: When conducting a backup, you may store your data on a physical device, such as a USB flash drive or external hard drive, or on the web using cloud-based storage.

n Secure the backup device that holds your data: After backing up your data to a device, make sure you keep this device somewhere safe.

2. Explore instructional resources for storing and sharing USPS information on your Postal Service computers or devices.

Preventing data loss on Postal Service computers and devices is also important. Postal Service computers contain data from our employees, suppliers, and customers. Employees are encouraged to back up important data stored on Postal Service computers and devices.

CyberSafe at USPS released an instructional guide on backing up USPS® information which can be accessed at http:⁄⁄⁄cyber⁄assets⁄pdf⁄essential-data-backup.pdf or at http:⁄⁄⁄cyber⁄.

The Corporate Information Security Office also provides a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology tool to safeguard against accidental disclosure. To learn more about the DLP tool, visit http:⁄⁄⁄cyber⁄.

If data on your Postal Service computer has been stolen or misused, call 866-877-7247 or email

CyberSafe at USPS offers additional resources on information security and sharing data at http:⁄⁄⁄cyber⁄.

USPS has also partnered with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop. Think. Connect.™ campaign. DHS addresses performing a data back up on their website: https:⁄⁄⁄. Online security is a priority for USPS employees, suppliers, and customers, so store information securely!