For the last couple of weeks, we’ve talked about setting up backups of your business networks, establishing a system for making sure everyone is held accountable for performing backups, and keeping a copy of your backups off-site just in case. This week, we’re going to talk about the security of your small business network data.
We mentioned how important it is to protect your network from viruses last week, but we really cannot stress this enough! Not only can a virus corrupt your files and bring down your network, but it can also hurt your reputation. If you or one of your employees unknowingly spreads a virus to a customer, or if the virus hijacks your e-mail address book, you’re going to make a lot of people very angry. Make sure your anti-virus software is always on, and always totally up to date.
Setting Up a Firewall
Small business owners tend to think that because they are “just a small business”, no one would waste time trying to hack in to their network, when nothing could be further from the truth. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that there are certain individuals out there who will hack into your computer just because they can. These individuals strike randomly by searching the Internet for open, unprotected ports. As soon as they find one, they will delete files or download huge files that cannot be deleted, shutting down your hard drive. Making sure you have a strong firewall protects your network and your business’s reputation. Some malware can seep in and prevent you from receiving emails, or sending spam emails that look to your clients like they are coming from you.
For Everything You Must Know About Protecting Your Network
While “maintenance” of your network is not the most important thing (creating a network environment that eliminates problems is), there are measures you can take that can protect your network up to a point. If you liked this blog post and you would like to know more about protecting your small business network, download the full report here.
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Global Harvest Networks has been working for the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas since 2000 and we’re ready to lend our expertise to you! We offer a wide range of IT solutions that can tackle any and all of your network’s needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can help you! You can also give us a call at 410-691-1130. We’re ready to assess your system, diagnose the problem, and help you find a plan that will strengthen your network, all free of charge! For more information on the latest things you should protect your system from, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube.