No matter what you think, trust or are told, there is simply no doubt that networks are vulnerable. By connecting your computer to a network, you are opening it to attack by creating a doorway through which information is allowed to travel. When running a business where numerous users are able to access the system, this becomes a real problem. Add to a Windows terminal emulator and a cloud-computing drive, and there is a veritable playground of entry points for a malicious hacker. There are, however, steps you can take to protect your systems without having to forgo the wonders of network technology.

Upgrade your OS

Many businesses still use Windows XP and it is clear why. The decade-old system is wonderful, but there really are some significant security flaws. Fixing these flaws was the aim of Windows Vista, but it wasn’t until Windows 7 that they got it right and Windows 8 is soon to follow with an excellent upgrade. Windows 8 will actually run on the same machines as XP, so you won’t even have to upgrade hardware technologies. The move may require the introduction of a terminal emulator for windows, but this system can be easily integrated into cloud computing and will probably actually improve efficiencies.

Reduce Administrators

Everyone is an administrator in their own home and because of this they all think that they should be administrators at work, too. Whilst they may be capable of installing their own software, providing admin status leads to far more problems than it solves. Reducing everyone to a lower level of access will improve security by reducing access points to your network.

Use Cloud

Cloud computing seems risky, but as long as you select wisely, the security of the cloud is likely to be better than that within your office. A more important reason for using cloud, however, is that it enables a vastly greater level of security on laptops. By using cloud there will be no reason for data and documents to be stored on laptops, which makes it far less serious if they are left on the train or are stolen. As long as automatic log-in to the cloud is disabled, this system will work excellently.

Pay Attention to Updates

Most updates are actually security updates. Paying attention to security updates is very important, because they always come in response to a threat. By installing the update, you will allow yourself to be protected, but by neglecting to do so you leave yourself open to something which is known to be a danger.

Disable Remote Administration

Remote administration is the easiest route into any system. Any malicious virus or person will use such a route to break through your systems and render any protection useless within seconds. Remember to keep the system as locked down as possible and have just a few key figures who are able to fix any problems within the company’s IT.

Use Strong Passwords

You will surely have noticed the rating system for password strength and it is worth paying attention to this. Integrating complicated passwords may be frustrating, but it will greatly improve the level of security within your company.