Nowadays it’s common for an office to be buzzing with the sounds of people working on a laptop, desktop or even a tablet pc. With most correspondence and reports being sent through email and online storage we are constantly connected and downloading and uploading data like never before. This brings with it the threat of data being stolen or even corrupted by different agents like viruses, malware and spyware. Here are a few ways you can make your small business systems more secure and safe. 1.) Antivirus: If you have the money then you should go and buy an antivirus solution for all the systems that will be connected to the work network in your business. This will allow your entire network to remain secure from viruses that can be easily transferred through email and file downloads. You might want to look at solutions from McAfee, Norton Antivirus, Avast and others. If you are looking at providing security to your network while keeping costs low you can try out Microsoft Security Essentials which is available for free for business with up to ten systems. 2.) Firewall: If your work involves sensitive data on your side or data for your client it is good to take an extra step and install a firewall that can help defend against hackers. A firewall provides a barrier to stop unauthorized access to a system at your workplace. The only issue with a software firewall is that you will need to have it installed on all systems at the workplace and give permissions to different programs to access the net at least once. There are various option available some which have free options too. Here are some that we suggest you take a look at – ZoneAlarm, Comodo firewall, Outpost firewall etc. 3.) Browser: The browser you use will be the software that interacts with the World Wide Web. Make sure that you update the explorer that comes inbuilt in your operating system to provide security for your computers. Since your major source of problems will come through the internet make sure you choose a safe way to interact with it. You may also want to try out Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera if you want a different browser with varying features. 4.) External threats: Do you use a pen drive or an external drive to transfer files to and from your computer? Well that can be another way that viruses and harmful files can make their way onto your system. Make sure to scan your pen drives with your antivirus program before you copy any files or open them. These are a few simple tips that can make your workspace more secure for yourself and your clients. It may require some time on your part to set up the systems but it is worth it with the time you will save on security based headaches later on. Also make sure to upgrade your software on a regular basis to stay safe and secure always.
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