Is Your Computer Network Secure?
Whether you own a small business or simply have a wireless home internet setup, your electronic devices are all connected in a computer network, which makes computer network security just as vital as personal computer safety. In fact, computer network security is essentially the front line of defense against cyber attacks that may compromise client or personal information, documents, photographs, emails, etc.
A computer or laptop other than the one you personally use may be compromised and through the network connection be granted greater access to your personal devices. Many small businesses are unaware of just what the risks are, or that they are subject to the same legal and compliance requirement as large businesses when it comes to their network security. Once the computer network security is compromised, so are you – so don’t let this happen!
10 tips to increase your computer network security in your business or home.
- Guard the Doors – There are definite weaknesses in any structure, be it a castle or a computer network. Security starts with guarding the points of entry, the holes in the fortress wall if you will. Threats like hackers have a much easier time sneaking through a common gate than finding another point of entry. How do employees and clients enter the network? Be sure these routes are password protected and encrypted.
- Add Malware Protection – Boost your computer network security on a device by device basis, installing antivirus software to protect against malware and raising individual firewalls. These measures act as a deterrent as well as a defense. It helps detect unauthorized programs and users then report back to you.
- Filter Out Unwanted Email – Consider installing spam filter software or outsourcing to an outside service provider that can filter spam for your entire network. The software option is less costly, but for larger amounts of emails, etc. you might opt for the latter.
- Create Secure Passwords – Encrypting your hardware and data in several subsequent steps may be time-consuming for employees or other members of the network, but it makes a difference in computer network security. And make sure your passwords would make Sir Cadogan proud. In other words, challenge unauthorized entrance by creating complex passwords with variety in letters, symbols, and numbers.
- Monitor Traffic – Install software or hardware that keeps track of who is visiting which files and sites, when, and on which computer(s).
- Restrict Access – Not everyone on the network needs to have complete access to all files, settings, etc. It’s beneficial to have a hierarchy in which only a few people have passwords to the most sensitive information.
- Update Security Software Regularly – There will always be new security threats knocking at the door, attempting to compromise your computer network security. Check your security software and service vendor websites for updates regularly. Also keep in mind that you’ll need to update protocol and new computers if your company, family, or other organization grows.
- Limit Threats – Set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for team members or family working remotely in places that may have a less secure public Wi-Fi that could expose and compromise your computer network security.
- Create a Backup – In the case that your computer network security measures are not enough and your system becomes inaccessible and corrupted, it’s beneficial to have an alternate host for any web site, etc. that might be affected. That way, those systems can be restored if hacked.
- Educate Your Staff – Computer network security is not dependent on one person; it depends on every person utilizing the network. Educating everyone on the proper safety precautions and systems helps things run more smoothly and safely.
You probably noticed that a few of these tips are the same (but on a smaller scale) for your personal laptop, tablet, and other devices. That’s because each individual device needs to practice good security to enhance the overall computer network security. So if you feel like you may already be having laptop, tablet, or smartphone malfunctions due to a virus, get CPR. Cell Phone Repair can assess any malfunctions that require repair or replacement. A slow loading speed or consistent crashes may have more to do with a faulty app or water damage than a serious problem like a virus. It’s best to get advice from expert technicians to keep your personal devices safe and your computer network security up to date. If you have questions or concerns about your computer network security, contact us today for a free security assessment.