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Internet security is a hot topic at the moment. Keep your IT systems safe by following these 6 simple suggestions

It’s no secret that internet security has been a big story in the news over the last few months. You only have to take a look over our previous posts to see that it has become a hot topic of conversation.

What this has proven is that even the biggest and most famous companies are vulnerable to online hackers and thieves. We want to make sure that your IT system is not vulnerable to internet threats so we have devised a list of 6 suggestions that, if followed, should help keep your IT systems safe.

1. Encrypt your data

This means turning your data into a code that, in order to be accessed and read, must be decrypted with a key code or password. It’s pretty simple to do, Windows can guide you through the process or there is lots of software available to help you through the encryption process.

2. Pick tricky passwords

Most of us are picking predictable passwords such as our names or simply the word ‘password’. Although it can be a pain to have to remember passwords with uppercase, lowercase and numeric characters, it is a really simple and effective way of protecting yourself online.

3. Don’t store private information online

Online storage such as the cloud is becoming an incredibly useful tool in the business world. However, many well-know celebrities will tell you that what you keep there is not necessarily safe! Try not to use online storage for sensitive or private information, keep that closer to home!

4. Update your operating system

Those nagging pop ups telling you that your system needs updating are not to be ignored. Updating the system can often include the repair of security holes and breeches. Take the time to press the update button as it could mean you are patching up holes that could otherwise be broken in to.

5. Make sure network is secure

These days we’re always on the look out for a wifi connection whilst out and about. But public, and sometimes even private, wireless networks can be used to gain access to your devices. Make sure you have up-to-date privacy settings on your devices and don’t connect to networks you don’t recognise or trust.

6. Install antivirus software

This is something we should all have on our devices. There are some big brand names out there who can protect your from threats and viruses online before you even realise they are there. You don’t have to break the bank as there are some great free programs available. But having one of these programmes installed and updated on your computer is a must!

Not only are we happy to pass on this friendly advice, but we can help you sort it out as well. We can source the software, install it and then maintain it for you so you don’t have to. It can be a time consuming process and even when you have it, keeping everything up to date is not easy. Hand it over to us and we will worry about that whilst you run your business, and that way, you know you are in safe hands.