Software to protect your business.
There are many different software packages available on the market to protect your company’s systems, servers and other devices from viruses, hackers and malware. To make sure you’re protected from all types of attacks, we’ve prepared a short article on some of the different packages available to protect your company and what they’ll protect you from!
Antivirus software helps protect your whole system against malicious software and cybercriminals. This program scans through the device’s data — web pages, files, software and applications. It searches for any threats and monitors how programs behave, flagging suspicious behaviour. Once it has spotted this behaviour or threat the antivirus software will attempt to block it or delete it and fight it straight away to keep your data safe, often without the user even realising.
A firewall monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and permits
, or blocks data files based on a set of security rules. Its purpose is to establish a barrier between your internal network and traffic from or to external sources (such as the internet) to block malicious traffic like viruses and hackers. This can be software on the workplace’s PCs, laptops or tablets, built into hardware, such as your router or via a specific hardware firewall device. It’s an essential form of protection for any kind of business using the internet and by default should block everything and only allow traffic as determined during setup.
Anti-malware software protects from attacks such as spyware, adware, and worms. These are often called PUPs or Potentially Unwanted Programs. It scans the system for all types of malicious software and can also alert if a PUP is being downloaded or installed. If the business hasn’t used any form of protection before it would be very beneficial to run it through the whole system and let it find any suspicious files.
Anti-phishing software attempts to identify phishing content contained in websites, e-mail, or other forms used to access data (usually from the internet) and block the content, usually with a warning to the user. It is often integrated with web browsers and email clients as a toolbar that displays the real domain name for the website the viewer is visiting, to prevent fraudulent websites from masquerading as other legitimate websites.
Often these individual programs are packaged up as one software subscription. This is the best way to protect your devices as installing several different types of security software can cause conflicts between them, due to the nature of how they work. This can cause systems to become very slow and unresponsive, block genuine applications from running and even make it unusable.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA or 2FA) helps secure connectivity to online services, Company VPN’s and remote access to desktop computers. This works by offering 2 forms of password or keycode to gain access, the first is usually your normal login and this will then instigate a request for a passcode from another device such as a mobile phone or security dongle which should be with the individual logging in. This stops hackers from accessing your accounts or computer just by cracking your password.
Training of staff is one of the most important forms of defence against data loss and security breaches. Unless you wish to spend extremely large sums on defence software and hardware and really lock down your systems then there will always be some items that slip past your security protection. New threats are being created all the time and the whole point of them is to get past security software, so if you’re unlucky enough to be targeted by a brand-new threat then it may sneak past your defences.
In the current situation there have been a lot of scams and attempted attacks on devices, as people working from home might have access to valuable work data. In addition, people are purchasing more goods online and doing more Internet Banking. Having good security protection extended to those devices will ensure you only are using legitimate websites that will receive your details and will help to keep any work information safe.
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