Top 5 Best Practices for IT Security
Here at Bay Area Computer Solutions, we believe in protecting your network and managed IT solutions with industry best spyware and anti-virus software to ensure you remain up and running. Now, while we can offer our support and our technical knowhow to protect your network, at the end of the day the best antivirus and spyware solutions operate as a two-way road between your provider and your internal network.
Essentially, we can protect you against incoming DDoS attacks and malware, but we can’t protect you from yourself. With this in mind, here are five easy ways to fend against malicious network traffic.
1. If It Doesn’t Feel Safe, Don’t Go There
The easiest way for you to protect yourself against viruses, spyware and malware is by not visiting sites you don’t trust. If you are going to visit a site which seems/feels unsafe, your best bet is to avoid it. The same goes for downloading files from sources which you don’t trust or files with potentially malicious directories/extensions like .exe, .msi, .vbe and .jar, etc. The old saying goes that the best defense is a good offense – and you can go on the offense by actively avoiding websites that don’t seem trustworthy or which require more information from you than you are comfortably willing to give.
2. Trust Your Browser Virus Detection
Thankfully, most Internet browsers constantly scan webpages for potential security snags. Depending on the settings of your browser, your Internet search application of choice will alert you to potentially unsafe webpages. For example, websites without a secure SSL certificate which offers online commerce will most likely be flagged by your browser. In most cases, your browser holds specific security settings to ensure you avoid harmful sites.
3. Network Management
When you choose to utilize a managed IT provider like Bay Area Computer Solutions, you are actively choosing to trust that provider with your data and the security of that data. This security means ensuring all hardware is protected with hardware firewalls, all server software is protected with antivirus software/active software firewalls and all incoming network traffic is scanned for potential malicious packets. All of this falls to your provider. Check out our FREE guide to 10 Questions to Ask Your IT Provider to get a better idea on what you should be asking when you decide on your IT security and network management solution.
4. Anti-Virus Security is a Full-Time Job
Anti-Virus and spyware protection is a full-time battle. Although installing the best anti-virus, malware and spyware software is mandatory, those installations are just the start of full-time protection. There’s where our security audit comes in. A security audit, conducted both internally and by your managed IT provider, will let alert you to any potential security issues in your network. By running security audits on a normal basis, your provider and your organization can close security gaps and ensure air-tight protection.
5. Malware, Virus, and Spyware Removal
Sooner or later, some malicious traffic will slip through your secured network. Maybe you’ll download a virus, become the victim of a DDoS attack, or malware will gain access to your internal network. While you might be able to run basic diagnostics and low level malware removal within your internal network, the best approach when it comes to dealing with spyware, malware, or viruses after the fact is to consult an IT provider like Bay Area Computer Solutions, who will be able to remove the problem before it digs itself any deeper into your network.
Feeling a little concerned about your network’s overall security? With new companies being hacked seemingly every week this year, it’s a reasonable worry. Bay Area Computer Solutions would be happy to perform a full IT Security Audit for your company and consult with you on possible weak points and solutions. Click the banner below to schedule your Security Audit today! For any other information, you can contact us online or by phone at (650) 887-4601.