Keeping your businesses IT infrastructure as secure as possible and as safe as possible from viruses and malicious software is a major concern for any business owner.  Any number of viruses and malicious programmes can cause major disruption to your work flow, staff and could potentially cost your business huge amounts of money in lost time, productivity and lost data.  With this in mind we have put together a list of the 10 Most Important Steps you should take to try and keep your business safe from threats.

  1. Find a trusted anti-virus and anti-malware provider– There are thousands of these companies all over the internet but the main ones are companies such as Norton, AVG, Web Root, ESET and McAfee. Some are free but some run off a monthly subscription. Get one of these installed on all of your work machines to ensure their safety.
  2. Use an adblocker on web browsers– Everyone that has used the internet has seen those annoying adverts that pop up on your screen or stay on the borders of your screen. Some of these adverts can even be the root cause of malicious software and viruses getting on your PC.  Google provide multiple adblockers which block any pop ads or on-screen adverts from appearing, keeping your browser clean and ad free.
  3. Perform frequent anti-virus scans– Taking 30 minutes out of your day to do a full scan of your PC can be a life saver when it comes to checking for malware and viruses, as many of these malicious programmes can be hiding on your PC and you don’t even know about it.
  4. Be wary when downloading files from websites– There are a multitude of untrusted websites all over the internet which can have sneaky little viruses hidden away inside downloaded files.  Unless the website is shown as a trusted site take the risk the risk of downloading anything from it.
  5. Use up-to-date web browsers– Using the most up-do-date browser is important for preventing viruses from getting onto your PC from the internet. Most browser have security patches and fixes in them which help keep you safe when using the internet.
  6. Use a malware scanner– A Malware scanner has the same function as anti-virus but it looks for and seeks out potential malware that could be present on your computer.
  7. Turn on your windows firewall– The windows firewall is the default firewall that comes as standard with any windows machine. The firewall helps prevent any malicious files or viruses making their way onto your PC, they firewall blocks the attack before they get onto your PC.
  8. Keep windows updated– As much as windows updates can take a long time to download, they are vital as many of these updates have security updates and patches which prevent new threats from attacking your PC.  Whenever a new update becomes available, make sure to download it as soon as possible.
  9. Don’t automatically open email attachments– Most viruses and harmful programs start from an email attachment, which can infect one computer after another and render them unusable.  Ensure when you receive an email from anyone, double-check to see if they are who they say they are. Check the name or any other distinguishable features of the person who sent it. If you don’t know who the email is from, DO NOT open the attachment just delete the email.
  10. Ensure your anti-virus software runs as soon as your PC boots up – Anti-virus is such a key part in keeping your device secure. As soon as your PC boots up, ensure that your anti-virus is enabled and working fully before you operate anything.

If you have any questions about keeping your devices safe, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0121 296 5545 or email us at [email protected]