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How to survive security threats to your computer systems?

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If you have a business, security for your computer system should be among your top priorities. Online security professionals will tell you to slim down your “attack surface” and that means you do not need to rely solely on your anti-virus. Here are some useful tips to ensure that your business is protected:

You may have cloud solutions or have outsourced your system securities but you can’t just depend on the technical forcefield coming from outside sources. If you own a business, you cannot rely on your web hosting company to take care of the security. You cannot expect a company that offers services at low monthly rates to seal off your website from all cyber threats. Your hosting company will not be your guard dog for any malware or vulnerabilities. Make sure your system is in tip top shape by having regular checks and emergency protocols in place in case an attack happens. If you want to keep your business forms and other company-related data safe, then invest in security.

Studies show that malware spreading online goes through legitimate websites. Online crooks scan the websites for weaknesses and take advantage by installing harmful codes on the server that can take advantage of the users. Small businesses are prone to such attacks. This is due to typical set up of small businesses that do not have updated software on their servers.

Online criminals also take advantage of advertisement platforms by setting up dummy companies and victimizing businesses through “malvertising”. Each day, millions of small businesses fall prey to these online attacks.Lessen the bloatware and apps

If you acquire your computer from big retailers, you can be almost certain that it will come with a good amount of bloatware or free apps. This situation gets worse if you love to add plug-ins, use shareware, and install add-ons that make you more vulnerable to attacks. You need to clean your computer of software that you rarely use and do not need. Also make sure that all drivers and software versions are up to date.

Always assume that any data you send out or store in the cloud are at risk. If you are transmitting customer information, make sure that the data is encrypted and backed up in case anything untoward happens. You can rely on cloud storage on this since they can keep multiple copies of your data. This is a safer measure instead of you keeping an extra hard drive in the same location as your server.

You and your staff should be careful when you click links while browsing the internet or even when managing your social media profiles. As the cliché goes, think before you click. It can be as simple as that.