Every day presents new challenges in the battle for digital security. New viruses, worms, adware, malware, ransomware and other nasty files are released daily that compromise the safety and integrity of your computer.
In an effort to combat these malicious efforts, c-Systems Software wanted to share with you a few routine maintenance procedures.
- Update your Operating System
Malicious developers relentlessly search for vulnerabilities within software to exploit in order to steal data or render your computer useless. It is imperative that you keep your Operating System (Windows) up-to-date. By doing so, you are limiting any previously known attack/entry points into your system. Once updated, make sure you have enabled Automatic Windows Updates to continue to limit these vulnerabilities.
- Obtain Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware software
Every computer on your network should have a copy of anti-virus and anti-malware software. This provides preventive protection as well as the necessary tools to quarantine and/or remove an infection if one occurs on your computer. C-Systems software recommends that users keep the Windows Defender software up-to-date to receive maximum protection. Please check with c-Systems Support prior to installing any 3rd party software on your business system network to avoid software conflicts and potential issues.
- Backup, Backup, Backup!
One of the most important procedures you can make into a routine is the process of backing up your data. Backup hard drives have become reasonable in price and with options ranging from 500MB’s to 5+ terabytes, you can be sure there is something that will house your data. If you are looking for an off-site option, there is a multitude of cloud storage options available. As an added layer of protection, c-Systems Software offers a fee-based automated daily backup service that provides peace of mind for our customers. To sign up or for more information, please contact Sales (800-334-3114) or Support (817-649-3100).
By having a backup of your data, you provide your insurance that your data will be available when you need it the most. Nobody plans for hard drive failure, viruses, ransomware or other issues, so it pays to be prepared.
- Email Precautions
In many cases, malicious content originates from shared emails. This is why it is advised to avoid opening suspicious emails or clicking links you don’t know. If the sender is unknown or the subject line information does not make sense, it is possible that the email is SPAM or potentially malicious. Also, avoid downloading attachments if you are not expecting one. This is a good discussion to have with employees that have access to computers on your network.
While no plan is guaranteed, these steps will help avoid catastrophic data loss in the instance an issue is experienced. By establishing preventative maintenance routines, backups and avoiding unknown files and emails you will be avoiding some of the more common causes of data loss.