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10 Steps to Secure Your Network from Unwanted Attacks

Businesses today rely on technology as their primary mode of communication. However, the more we use electronic devices to communicate, the more we leave our business open to personal attacks. Cybercriminals take advantage of unsuspecting businesses to hack their network and steal confidential information. Some hackers even use a company’s network to attack other businesses. It’s necessary that all businesses protect their network and confidential information. Your business needs to protect its information by following these steps.

  1. Confidential Information – Your employees should never store confidential information on their smart phones, tablets or personal computers. Instead, this information should be stored on your cloud account or company servers. If it’s impossible to have access to your servers or cloud account, have the person store confidential information on a jump drive. Afterwards, transfer the information to the cloud or your company servers. 
  2. Software Updates - Keep your operating system and software updated. Always install the latest security patches and software updates.
  3. Firewall - Install a good firewall program on your operating system. Windows 7, 8, and 10 offer an excellent firewall in their operating system. Configure the firewall to block all attacks from viruses, worms, Trojans, adware and malware. When configuring your firewall, pay close attention to configure the software and hardware features inside the firewall.
  4. Security Settings - Set your email client and browser for optimum security settings. Hackers use ActiveX and JavaScript to infect network computers with malicious software. Configure your Internet setting to automatically delete your cookies and browser history.
  5. Anti Virus - Use a paid antivirus program for your computer. Set the program to receive automatic updates, scan any new device attached to your computer, and scan your downloads for malware and viruses.
  6. Emails - Never open an email from someone you don’t know. How many times have we heard this one? It seems that people still open emails from unknown senders and have infected their computer with spyware, malware and other malicious programs.
  7. Programs - Never install programs on your computer from an unknown source. The programs can contain Trojans or other malware that will infect your computer and steal your personal credentials.
  8. File Extensions - By default, Windows hides all file name extensions and to protect yourself, you need to disable this feature. Review your list of file name extension and look for file extensions that don’t belong on your computer. When you have located one of these extensions, delete the extension and scan your computer for any viruses, Trojans, spyware, and malware.
  9. Computers - When you have finished using your computer, never leave it running and attached to your network. A computer unattended and attached to a network is the perfect target for hackers to gain access to your computer.
  10. Spam Filter - Install a good spam filter to filter your email inbox. Spam filters help clean your inbox of unwanted emails and junk mail. This protects you from opening emails that contain spyware, Trojans or malware.

 

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Awan Cheyanne

About Awan Cheyanne

Awan is a technical engineer, freelance blogger and hobbyist.

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