Running your own business, even if it’s a small one, comes with a lot of responsibilities. You have to make sure that your products or services are first-rate. You have to keep up with your expenses so that you can (hopefully) make more money than you actually spend. And, you also have to do things like take the proper measures to insure that your network security is up to par. After all, that is what holds your company’s network and computer resources intact; so if it’s not top notch, your business could find itself in some serious trouble.
That’s why we wanted to provide you with a list of five ways that you can improve your network security below. By applying these tips, you can have the peace of mind that what you have on your computer is in good hands (technologically speaking).
Try a different browser. Although Internet Explorer is a very popular browser, there is a lot of evidence to support the fact that it’s not the most secure. You really would be better off going with Firefox or even Safari.
Use a better antivirus program. There are many antivirus programs available in cyberspace but if you’re not using one that is of good quality, it could mean ending up with viruses that can prove to be a real headache (and might also cost you quite a bit of money if you end up losing certain files or have to get your computers repaired altogether). If you’re wondering which ones are currently considered to be the best in the market, they would include Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013, Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013 and Norton Antivirus 2013. All of these you can purchase for under $60.
Implement a “do not download software” rule. Of course, there will be times when you or some of your employees will need to download software onto one or more of your computers. The point that we’re trying to make here is that it’s important to convey to your staff that they should not download anything without your permission. That way, you can thoroughly research different software programs ahead of time to make sure that they’re safe and compatible to your system.
Disable the add-ons. Add-ons tend to be a double-edge sword. Although many of them come with features that can make certain tasks easier to do, the reality is that a lot of them also are not the most secure. This means they can ultimately do more harm than they can help you and your staff. Plus, some of them have a tendency to make the speed of your browser move extremely slow (even if you have something like ProLiant Memory on your computer system). So it really is best to go without (most of) them.
Be password conscious. And finally, passwords need to be changed on a fairly consistent basis (in our opinion, every 30 days). Each time that they are updated, make sure that they have a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and characters. Sure, this can be a bit of a headache at times but it’s a simple step to make it more challenging for hackers to get into your system, so it’s definitely well worth it.