Basic IT Security Tips
The security of your IT systems starts with your employees – Keep your company data safe with these quick and easy tips.
Detect and avoid suspicious emails
There are three types of techniques that are the most common in e-mail scams – avoid them and ensure your employees know how to detect these attacks.
1.Spoofed email address: Do not reply to unsolicited email and DO NOT open attachments. Check for misspellings or mistakes – but understand that these wont always appear so be cautious.
2.Suspicious Link: Hover over the link before clicking on it – the full URL will appear in the lower corner of your browser. If the destination is different than expected, do not click on it!
3.Forged Websites: Anything that requires security (such as websites where payments are made or banking information is necessary) type the URL in manually to avoid being sent to a fake website designed to steal your personal information.
Only contact your IT provider for support – ignore the popups!
If you’ve seen the popup to the left, or something similar you may have become nervous that you’ve been infected. DO NOT click on these – that will potentially activate the malicious program if it has not already happened.
Run your Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware program to scan your computer and call your IT provider, not the number displayed on the popup.
Require administrative access to install software
The best safeguard to avoid accidental malicious software from being installed is to only allow administrative users to have these permissions. This can be accomplished through a few different methods – the most straightforward route is often through Group Policies from a server. If this isn’t an option, call Fuse today! It’s important to have the right solution for security that meets your organization’s needs. We’ll customize a solution that fits your budget and security needs from a specialized technician located out of Ferndale, MI.
Restrict personal cloud usage for sharing/storing company files
Prevent your sensitive information from being leaked and restrict the usage of Personal Cloud Storage/Sharing Solutions from being used for work communications. Read our previous blog to learn more: The Risk of Employees Using Personal Cloud Sharing Solutions.
Ensure software updates and security patches are up to date
These updates and patches include updates to holes in security that have been found or address new types of software that could affect your business. The simplest way to avoid an easy mistake is to ensure that all software is always up to date to protect against the latest vulnerabilities in your systems.
Antivirus and maleware protection on all machines is critical
The main benefit is an additional layer of security; in fact the main benefit is related to what would happen if you do not have one. Avoid the chance of having an entire network brought down by Virus, Malware, or costly Ransomware. More than likely malicious software will be accidently installed at some point; be proactive and protect your machines today.
Setup anti-spam solutions for email security
Email attacks are going to happen and sometimes educating your staff is not quite enough given the implications if your system becomes a victim to malicious activity. There are plenty of anti-spam solutions for your email. Talk with your IT provider or Fuse to find out the best solution for your budget and needs today!