10 Top Tips to Secure Your Network

September 27th, 2013 - Category - Backup & Disaster Recovery, IT Blog

We know how much you rely on your IT systems and how critical it is that your network is secure – both from hacking, data theft and malicious software.

We understand how any breach in IT security could be disastrous to your business.

Read our 10 Top Tips to Secure Your Network

1.        Use strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters long, does not contain any complete words, names, your company name, contains upper and lowercase characters, numbers and symbols.

2.       Be cautious when downloading and installing unfamiliar software. Avoid suspicious websites and emails.

3.       If pop-ups appear telling you your systems may be at risk, they could be using a scare tactic to get you to download something you don’t need – which may in fact be a virus.

4.       Read message boxes carefully before clicking “I agree” or “next” – check what tick-boxes may already be selected.

5.       Keep software up to date, run regular anti-virus scans, always keep your firewall switched on.

6.       If your computer has generally become very slow, doesn’t respond and crashes unexpectedly, it could be infected by one of 14 million known malware programs.

7.       Mac malware is on the rise so Mac users are at risk too. Apple often promotes Mac as safer than Windows, but don’t get complacent.

8.       Be careful when using public WIFI. You don’t know who else could be on the network. You should only connect to secure networks. Use your business’ Virtual Private Network (VPN) if you can.

9.       Encrypt sensitive data. Laptops and smartphones have features that encrypt your data, rendering it useless to would-be data thieves.

10.   Look into the security of your printers. You may not know that some printers may provide a way in to your network that can be exploited by hackers.

 Strategies to secure your network:

Firewalls 

Firewalls are an important part of any network’s security. Firewalls help to secure your network from threats by filtering who, or what, can access your network from outside. Unauthorised access is blocked, adding an extra layer of defence against viruses and malware. Firewalls can control what is sent externally from computers on your network and block access to potentially unsafe websites.

Email Security

Emails can be a source of potential threats to your network. Having secure email servers is therefore very important to protect against spam and viruses which can spread throughout your network after getting in through an email. Managed email systems also mean you won’t lose any emails during local server outages as emails are stored when your server is down, and delivered when it is back up and running again.

Antivirus

Bank account details, credit card numbers and personal information are just some of the things at risk from viruses and malware. Some viruses are designed purely to disrupt businesses by deleting data irrecoverably and severely hampering performance.

Antivirus systems will regularly scan for malicious content to ensure your systems are clean from malware, spyware and viruses – ensuring that all computers, including ones outside your office, are protected.

Backup & Disaster Recovery

90% of organisations that lose their data in a disaster are out of business within two years. Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions automatically back up, encrypt and password protect your data locally and in offsite datacentres – so in the event of a disaster you can be back up and running in no time.

For more information on how to secure your IT Network, call our London-based team today.

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