From viruses to spies and Trojans to pop-ups, your computer is at risk from hackers and virus creators eager to steal your information or cause havoc with your computer.

To protect your business’ information – everything from your finances to company goals to client list – as well as your client’s information – from credit cards and birth dates to personal information – you need a line of defense that isn’t going to allow any intruders in.

To keep your computer safe from hackers, you need a security software. Your security software should have the following:

  1. An Antivirus software is like the flu shot and all your immunizations packed into one powerful punch. There are more than 50,000 viruses in existence and 200 viruses that are discovered each month. An antivirus software will protect your computer – make sure it’s updated and turned on.
  2. Firewall software – A firewall is like the security gate with a security guard that allows or prohibits what can come in and what needs to stay out. It is also makes your PC invisible on the Internet so the hackers cannot find it.
  3. Spyware removal software – If you have read a mystery novel or watch a spy thriller movie, you know how spies operate. Secretive, stealth and unknown to their target. That’s exactly how spyware works. It could be installed on your computer without your knowledge – from something as simple as ordering an item online to visiting a website. A spyware removal software detects and removes malicious spyware infections on your computer
  4. Anti-Trojan software – Disguised as legitimate software, a Trojan horse is a malicious program that can spy, has backdoor functions to allow a computer to be remotely controlled. Anti-virus software isn’t enough to prevent a Trojan horse. You need both.
  5. Pop Up Blocker software – Unless you like seeing pop ups for ads, you need this software. It also protects your computer from being scan for information when a pop up happens.

After installing the above programs, you need to set your preferences to update these protections. Intrusions and infections can hurt your computer files. Make sure to install security patches for your operating system and to change your passwords frequently.

Most importantly – all the software in the world can’t do its job if the computer user isn’t following safe computer rules.

  1. Educate your staff – Studies have found employees can find ways to bypass firewalls or other security systems to access an internet site or to get the job done. It’s easier than you think. Just ask some high school students where Facebook was a restricted site at their high school but the students found a way to access the site. Your employees need to know that they need to follow the company’s guidelines and not do anything to compromise the information on your computer system.
  2. Advise your staff to avoid phishing emails – It’s important your staff knows not to open files, click on links or download programs sent by strangers. Opening an unknown file can expose your computer to a virus or spyware.
  3. Not just computers to worry about – For most of us, our phones have become a second computer and we use them wherever we are – coffee shops, stores, church and more. All opportunities for someone to see our information. Make sure whatever network you are using is protected.

 

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