Recent relentless attacks on the servers and the computers not mentioning websites is a major concern for everyone using computers especially business owners. We have been fixing infected computers more than any other times. The following tips is a good starting point to protect your data:
1. Use reputable “anti-virus software” such as Symantec, Trendmicro, etc. and keep it up to date.
2. Don’t open e-mails or attachments from unknown sources. Be suspicious of any unexpected e-mail attachments even if they appear to be from someone you know. Educate yourself about Phishing.
3. Protect your computer from Internet intruders – use reputable “firewall router such as Sonicwall, Cisco, etc. Create a protective wall between your computer and the outside world.
4. Regularly download security updates and “patches” for operating systems and other software such as Adobe, Java and application programs that you use.
5. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Mixture of upper case, lower case, numbers, or other characters that are not easy to find in a dictionary, and make sure they are at least eight characters long and include digits, caps and special characters. Create different passwords for each account. Change your passwords at least twice a year.
6. Back-up your computer data on disks or flash drives, CDs regularly. Make sure you keep a copy of the backup outside your office. On-line backup is a great option.
7. Don’t let strangers or family members to access your work computers. Do not use your work computer for personal use. Learn about file sharing risks. If your computer is part of a network, turn off file sharing option in your operating system.
8. Turn off your computer if it is not in use.
9. Beware of Social Networking programs such as Facebook and Instant Messaging. Many of viruses come from the users of these sites. Remember what is on the internet is always public and accessible to everyone.
10. Setup email alerts for any kind of suspicious activities with your bank, credit card company and other institutions you deal with regularly.
11. Contact your ISP (internet Service Provider) to see what provisions they have to warn you in case of a virus attack. Do the same with the hosting company that hosts your website. Find out if they offer any kind of spam filter and how you can make it more effective.
12. Have a security policy or guidelines to protect your data and review it twice a year. Some review it with the clock changes for Daylight Saving times.
CEO offers FREE Network Security analysis. We have tools and expertise to stop and mitigate virus attacks and eliminate any security and network vulnerabilities. If you need any help with any of the above steps, please call us at 818-501-2281. The only way to be safe and secure is continuously monitoring your network and data.