Most individuals and organisations today rely heavily on the Internet for all of their activities. This can be said especially for businesses, who now consider the Internet a needed resource for various processes, from enterprise resource planning to client relations management and accounting and bookkeeping.
This heavy reliance on the Internet can be a problem, though. With the Internet being host to malware attacks and hacking, your sensitive files, particularly your business and financial files, can be compromised without adequate security measures.
So how do you protect your business computers and files from viruses and other malicious software? Here are a few tips:
Your security software is your first line of defence against viruses and other malicious software. As hackers continue to find vulnerabilities in today’s most popular security software almost every day, keeping yours up to date should always be one of your security priorities to protect your computer and important files from infection, potential hacking and leaks.
Because hackers and malicious coders continue to employ cyber crime methods that are becoming even more sophisticated by the hour, viruses and other malicious software are also becoming more commonplace on the Internet, especially on websites that are shady or relatively unknown. To protect your files against viruses, stay away from these kinds of websites.
Viruses and other malware are usually distributed through online file downloads, which means that if you don’t watch what you download, your computer may become infected. A lot of files from torrent sites and file-sharing sites are usually infected with various virus and malware strains. Even emails can contain malicious code, ensure you verify every file before clicking on the download button.
Hotspots provide free connectivity to device owners and are commonly found in public places like shopping centres, airports and coffee shops. But not all public hotspots are safe and legitimate; nowadays, hackers can set up fake hotspots that they can use to, among other things, intercept the information that you enter on your device while connected to those hotspots. They can also use the established connection to infect your device with viruses and malware, compromising your important files.
No matter what safety precaution you may employ to protect your computer and files, there will always be a small chance that your computer will still get infected with viruses and malware. Creating a back-up for your files ensures that you will have access to your files even if the main files become corrupted or inaccessible due to becoming infected with malicious code.
Cloud storage providers typically have security features and multiple verification processes to ensure that your files are safe and untouched while stored in their servers, which improves your chances of avoiding infection and corruption of your files. Additionally, cloud storage also allows you to access your files wherever you are as long as you have Internet connection, providing a new level of convenience.