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Five Network Security Tips for Windows Users

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The environment in today’s world is highly vulnerable and there are devices being compromised every second of the day. Making it more important to secure all of your devices with a good security hardware. You need to ensure the security of user accounts, emails, online accounts, networks and any other related item you want to keep safe from online threats and/or frauds.

It is easy enough to catch a virus and even accidentally give away your personal information and grant illegitimate access. All of these things can be a trap for an innocent user. Once this personal information of yours has been got, they will transfer any valuable data to identity thieves and/or hackers and they use it for whatever they want.

Network devices will need to be more parameter-focused. The single PC user would definitely require a highly secure means of safeguarding their PC. There are millions of cybercriminals. They could be a current or previous employee or even careless trainees that may not know what they are doing and then again, attacking a network, whether unintentionally or intentionally, could still compromise the company’s organized data.

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Before planning your network security, first you will need a framing method and to decide on this, it is important that you take into consideration the software and hardware you have on your computer, as well as what the company policies and procedures are.

Deciding on an accurate means to execute your network’s security plan when giving access to a limited amount of users that will be on the network is a difficult task, yet an important one.

It is up to the company to draw up the necessary type of security plan to defend their data and information assets from both internal and external threats towards their Windows systems.

However, do not take the chance on whether or not there is a corrupt employee that could compromise the company’s valuable data, including total net worth that has been invested into the company as well, which could be millions.

In the meantime, while working on a plan for the framing of your companies network security, always keep in mind the following: reduced liability, downtime prevention the company’s reputation, and the government’s regulation compliance.

This article will discuss five network security tips for Windows users.

It is important to install all the latest patches and current updates

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Gaining access into a computer is easy if going in through a malicious code. This is when the data on your computer gets transferred to malware authors. There are a great many cybercriminals that engage in the developing of programs that will let them exploit any and all the operating system’s vulnerabilities. This can be done through the web browsers, browser plugins or third party applications.

Furthermore, when the user uses an application or accesses a certain website and even boots up the computer, the infection will begin to damage the software and the hardware components on their computer.

It is important to keep tabs on all the latest patches and be sure to install all the newest updates to your computer (or other device you may be using) to keep it safe from any threats.

Hackers prefer to attack office Windows computers because they almost always run the current versions of Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Java. These programs have vulnerabilities that hackers use to sneak into systems.

Each week hackers come up with more malicious programs to use in attacking your devices and networks. It would be wise to keep a record of all your devices and the date of their updates to ensure they are protected.

All the passwords used should be strong

A strong password will help in keeping hackers and identity thieves, as well as malware authors, out of your system. Although, remember that passwords do not give technical security to the network. All passwords need to consist of at least eight letters with a combination of upper and lower case characters and at least one numeric character along with a special character of your choosing.

Never keep passwords written down or posted near the computer. A password should never consist of anything someone else would be able to guess, that means personal information as well.

Either use cloud or secure your VPN

To secure your network’s privacy and prevent its penetration by restricted people, you should also use data encryption, as well as identity authentication. By securing a VPN, you are making your device and network safe from hackers.

You can also benefit from installing a firewall.

User access privileges should be managed and monitored

Look for inappropriate user access on a regular basis.

Always delete inactive accounts

Malicious programmers will also use inactive accounts to attack, so delete them.

[Credits of the photo used for the featured image: "Crackers” by elhombredenegro, used under CC BY-SA / Image cropped]

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