Best Ways to Mitigate Computer Risks and Infections

Some tips to keep your computer network safe from malware, hackers, and software bugs.

Whether you’re trying to protect and secure one computer or an entire network of computers that are linked to the IT system, the safety and security of your data and information should be your company’s highest priority. In a digital world that is increasingly under threat from computer viruses like malware, unethical hackers looking to steal secrets, and the average cyber-security problem that can wreak havoc, your IT systems and computer networks need to be protected. Infections must be prevented from occurring and risks must be mitigated if your company is to succeed in this interconnected 21st century.

There are a number of tips and tricks that you can employ in order to protect your company’s computers and IT networks. You should first make sure that you have the latest anti-virus and/or malware software installed on your computer networks in order to make sure that everything valuable in terms of data and information is rightfully protected for the long-term. You may also want to pay a bit more for your anti-virus and anti-malware protection software because the free versions of this kind of software aren’t always the most reliable when you consider your choices.

The anti-virus software that you do install has to be run on a daily basis to detect your computer systems for any possible intrusions and risks. You don’t have to run your anti-virus software during the day when the employees of the company are working but you can choose to schedule the safety scan in the middle of the night when the systems are in hibernation and aren’t being actively used. 

Another thing to keep in mind when mitigating possible risks to your computer systems is to constantly update the operating system that the computers are using whether it's Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or any other type of operating system. Operating systems of any kind usually update their security quite frequently with patches designed to fix any problems or glitches that could cause problems to your IT networks. It’s important to make sure that you update your operating system when the software update becomes available.

If your company uses a Wi-Fi network in order to share files, documents, or other information, you should make sure that it is a closed network, which requires a strong password to access the network. Using an open Wi-Fi connection is a poor decision, which could put your computer systems at risk for malware and virus infections. WPA or WPA2 encryption should always be used in order to access your Wi-Fi network and you should always keep the username (SSID) of the network a secret unless it’s a company worker or an IT specialist who needs to sign-on to the network.

Lastly, it’s important above all else to use common sense in being careful about which websites you visit and which links you click on. You should not access any emails, download any files, or open up any attachments from people who you do not know or from spam-bots who are masquerading as people. You have to protect your personal information and that of the company by being private with your details and also by not sharing too much with strangers. Don’t let your online accounts become hacked by not using common sense and securing your computer and the networks of the company.

By following these steps among other ones, you will be able to prevent infections, avoid viruses, and mitigate the risks that are inherent when it comes to managing a computer network or an IT system. 

Benjamin Weinberg
Benjamin Weinberg

Ben helps students from around the world to improve their English language skills. Ben enjoys traveling around the world, developing his writing abilities, and reading good books.  Enjoy my articles here or at www.benjweinberg.com for more! 

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