Unfortunately, there are people out there, who will take advantage of individuals and companies through active hacking and data theft for personal and/or financial gain. For this reason, computer security is essential for both small and large businesses to keep your data, your finances, and those of your clients safe and secure. Here are a few simple measures to keep your system safe.
The more applications installed on a device, the greater the security risk. Make sure that all work computers and devices only have programs and applications necessary for business installed on them. The factory software – all the basics that come with your operating system, should be secure, but every additional program carries the potential for a backdoor through your firewall.
Make sure your Internet is Secure
Keep your internet connection secure. By only allowing employees to connect to your network, whether through a LAN cable or over wifi using a secure password, you minimize risk. If your network is open, or more people than necessary are allowed to connect, there’s a higher chance of foreign, potentially harmful software finding its way into your system.
A VPN (virtual private network) allows you and your employees to access files on your private network or server over public networks using a username and password while keeping your network secure.
Choose the Right Anti-virus
Install a good antivirus on all company computers. Most antivirus programs offer a free version and a premium version. As a business, the premium versions will likely offer much better protection, just remember – higher price doesn’t always mean higher quality.
Have a Good Firewall
An antivirus and a firewall are somewhat different. An antivirus regularly scans your system, searching for threatening programs and files that are already there. A firewall monitors incoming network traffic – things that other computers are attempting to send to your computer – and stops them before they get there. Effectively, the firewall is the first line of defense, and the antivirus is the cleanup crew for anything that doesn’t go through, or somehow gets around a firewall.
Physical devices like flash drives don’t go through a firewall, but they should get scanned by the antivirus.
Find the Best IT Support for your Company
Along with fixing problems, a good IT support company should help prevent problems from arising. This could cover everything from regular maintenance to assisting with computer security. Companies similar to Firewall Technical offer network management and support as part of their IT support package, part of which includes network security.
Having a support company that can manage your security or firewall, and fix problems as they arise will make managing your computers and security easier, and reduce the number of problems.
If you’re starting from the ground up with your computers, network, and security, get your IT company to advise you on the best security for your business. If you think you have all the right measures in place, have them take a look anyway, they may spot flaws you missed.