Technology is now a vital part of many people lives, it not only helps them at work but also helps them keep in touch with their friends and family. With so much personal and business data on our computers and mobile phones, it is vital that we keep them safe from attacks by viruses and hacking. Here’s how you can attempt to stop attacks on your technology before they start.
Most of the work done to protect your computer and mobile from harm online is done by your anti-virus software. It is constantly monitoring your data and downloads to make sure they do not contain any viruses. While many people now have anti-virus software on their computers, less are putting it on their tablets and mobile phones. While there are less direct viruses that attack phones, there are many apps that can carry spyware and malware, so it is important to keep it secure.
Keep Applications up to Date
There are a lot of viruses and hacking that are achieved through gaps in the defenses of software. Once an exploit has been found, it can quickly be used to gain access to your computer systems. Some applications have had issues with gaps in their security, and so remaining knowledgeable and keeping your systems updated can help you counter such holes. That is why it is vital that you keep your software up to date so that any patches and security fixes can be added as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can divest your on-premises software in favour of cloud version. Office 365, for example, doesn’t require software updates on the part of the customer, but security concerns around a Office 365 (or any other cloud service) shouldn’t be ignored either.
Stay on Top of the Latest News
When a new virus is discovered or vulnerability in an application, the news is circulated quickly. The same applies to any new patch for software, so it can be a good idea to keep an eye on the latest stories in the tech world. Though there won’t be an anti-virus solution for it straight away, it will give you the heads up about who and what it is targeting. You can then put measures in place to try and prevent it infecting your systems. Hopefully, your teams will already be aware of how to monitor for attacks, so it should be something you can avoid.
For any company, keeping regular backups is essential to protecting your data. An attack can wipe out your entire system, so you need a way to recover all your lost information. For larger companies that have a lot of sales, daily backups are usually the norm, for small companies, every other day is sufficient. As well as your computer systems, you should also be backing up your mobile phones to protect the information stored on there. However, no sensitive or customer information should be stored on any device that could be left somewhere or get stolen while outside the office.
It is easy to think that a cyber attack or virus won’t happen to your company, but you need to be prepared and have procedures in place just in case something does go wrong.