How to protect your computer and mobile devices from malicious attacks

30 September 2014

Firewall Services

Your settings are very important and these need to be set up in a particular way to ensure your safety while you are online at work. You should ensure your computer ‘firewall’ is switched to ‘on’. Some viruses attack this safety device and automatically switch it off, when you think it is on, so you should regularly check that this is switched on and functioning normally. If you aren't sure ask your IT helpdesk. 


Download settings

Additionally, with email download settings and document download settings, you can ensure that your computer warns you when you are about to download any item that may pose a risk to your computer. Some of the nastiest computer viruses need to actually be installed on your computer to cause havoc. Ironically, though many users have their download functions set to automatic download so a virus can sneak in undetected, along with a few hundred welcome downloads. To counter this threat, make sure your download settings notify you to new download so you can check the authenticity of each and every download. Some systems even require you to enter your password every time a new download comes along.

Additionally, as a business owner you need to set a ground rule on what not to download and install in office computers. If you can’t add it into the company policy, it’s only natural to write-protect your office computers’ drive – just in case.


Web links

Often when you click on a link in a suspicious email, you usher in a nasty virus or bug that can destroy your computer, or cause damage in some way or another. To counter this threat you should be suspicious of clicking on links that are sent by unrecognised users. If the email is not personal to you, and not sent by a recognised source, don’t click on it. Instead, transfer it to your spam folder and just ignore it.

 Points to Remember

The best way to protect your business computers and mobile devices from malicious attacks is to educate your staff on what to do or what not to do with their computers. If you aren't sure then please contact us and we can advise on 

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