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PCS Jan 20, 2023 2 min read

6 Proactive Steps to Strengthening Your Computer Security

While there are many potential risks to a weak security system, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent those dangers.

We have previously discussed the 6 Consequences of a Weak Business Computer Security System in Part 1 and Part 2. Today, we want to review the Proactive Steps to Strengthening Online Security.

 

6 Proactive Steps to Strengthening Computer Security

Taking proactive steps to prevent malicious attacks can help prevent a data breach in your organization. Here we have compiled six steps for stronger online security in your business systems:

  • Train Employees: The biggest threat to your computer security is people. People click on phishing scam emails, download malware, access secure data on unsecured networks, and make many other mistakes online. To prevent these issues, actively train your team in cybersecurity. Doing so will help them identify potential threats to avoid becoming a victim of a malicious attack.
  • Updating your system/software/servers: Security software and the latest versions of your web browsers and operating systems are the best way to prevent viruses and other online threats. You should always download software updates and patches as soon as they’re available and set your antivirus software to scan your systems after any update or new download.
  • Use Firewalls: Firewall programs are designed to keep your private network locked from outsiders. Your office’s internet connection and any home networks for employees who work from home should have a firewall installed. Employees working from home should always be signed onto a VPN.
  • Secure Wi-Fi networks: Your organization’s Wi-Fi network should be protected, encrypted, and hidden. Your Wi-Fi router can be password secured and programmed not to broadcast the network’s name. DO NOT LOG INTO AN UNSECURED NETWORK!
  • Only accepting secure payments: If your business accepts credit cards, work with your bank to ensure the best tools and anti-fraud services are installed on your device. Do not process payments on the same computers you use for less-secure activities or for browsing the web.
  • Practice Strong Password Protection: Weak passwords are another basic doorway for hackers. Ensure you set strong password requirements and institute policies to have them changed every 90 days. We have reviewed the best password practices for your organization. You can also use multifactor authentication to protect sensitive data and assets.

Staying protected against cyberattacks is important to safeguard your organization’s information. At PCS, we offer cybersecurity tools to help prevent malicious attacks. Contact us to learn more about cybersecurity products and how PCS can help your organization stay protected.