Businesses use networking to connect and create a productive shared work environment. However,  some businesses do not care to make sure all security measures are in place. Here are a few common network security problems/mistakes.

  1. Weak passwords: Passwords are the simplest form of security. By leaving passwords blank or simple (i.e., password or myname), unauthorized users can easily view sensitive data. Passwords are more secure when they contain both letters , numbers and special characters in a combination of upper-case and lower-case characters, and they may be changed periodically.

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  1. Lack of education. Educate users in the use of their software, especially with regard to e-mail, attachments, and downloads. They need to know  what kinds of threats are out there. Uneducated computer users are often those who fall victim to viruses, spyware, and phishing attacks, all of which are designed to corrupt systems or leak personal information to a hackers.
  2. Backups. Laziness is the biggest security threats. Create backups regularly , and do not immediately overwrite them with the next set of backups. In addition, make copies and keep them off-site in case of disaster.
  3. Un Plug and surf. computers are not designed to be connected to the Internet straight out of the box. Before a phone line, Ethernet cable, or wireless card is anywhere near a new computer, install a line of defensive software like Host IPS  . Ideally, this should include virus protection, multiple spyware scanners, and a program that runs in the background to prevent malicious software from ever being installed.
  4. Not updating. you must update  the “virus/spyware definitions” every day. This keeps the scanners up-to-date to detect the latest malicious software.
  5. Security patches. Security vulnerabilities may exist in your OS ,  No software is 100% Secured . Once vuln is found, it’s usually exploited within a very short period of time , it is important to install security patches as soon as possible.
  6. Trust. Ads on the Internet have become devious and deceptive. They now appear as “urgent system messages” and warnings designed to scare users into clicking. As a rule of thumb, if a pop up window contains an ad claiming to end popups, chances are it’s a scam of some sort.
  7. Encryption. Encryption is especially important when dealing with banking and credit cards and sensitive information. Storing or transferring unencrypted data is the equivalent of allow eavesdropping on your phone        If you’re not comfortable implementing encryption technology, have Fixed Solutions specialists assist you.
  8. Trying to do it all yourself. Setting up a network, applying proper security measures, and downloading and installing software can be tricky. Large companies have IT departments. Small business owners should also ask for advice or even hire help. It’s worth the extra cost.
  9. Proper instruction. Security measures are most effective if everyone is aware of how the system operates. Give employees a brief overview of the security measures they’re expected to follow.