Hackers and spammers are actively looking for computers to
exploit and the small business is the most common target. Small business owners are typically not IT
professionals and don’t have time to keep up and protect against the latest
Despite that, there are some pretty simple things you can do
in order to keep your critical business tools working.
Planning your security strategy with your business in mind is critical. Each security product has different strengths and weaknesses. Someone who does all their work online has a completely different profile than someone who shares files with partners and clients locally.
Security threats today take forms such as email links,
hijacked web pages, and infected files.
These are all best addressed by different security products. Antivirus, Anti-Malware and firewalls used in
a layered approach can provide excellent security.
Tip 3: Update Software
The most common way that computers get compromised is due to
vulnerabilities in the operating system or the programs we’re using. Not all programs update automatically and
some have critical issues which put your business at risk. Regularly check your Antivirus, Anti-Malware,
Windows, Adobe Reader/Flash, Java and other applications for updates.
Tip 4: Review Security Logs
Your antivirus might be doing its job, but is it
overworked? Are you getting more than
your fair share of threats? This could
be evidence of one of your other layers of security failing. Make sure you check on those logs and
evaluate if there might be a weak spot in your protection plan.
Tip 5: Learn and Encourage Safe Computer Habits
Many scams and hack attempts start with fooling a computer
user into clicking an email attachment, website link or some other bait they
hope you’ll “bite” on. Remember to
verify the sender before you open the attachment. Be suspicious of a link sent to you with no
explanation, or content that doesn’t seem like something the sender would
actually give you.
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