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Network Security Tips
Unauthorized access to your network has the potential to be a catastrophe to your business. Here are some ways to assess the vulnerability of your network.
Steps to protecting your network
Establish strong network passwords
Network passwords will prompt users to input a confidential code each time they try to access your business's network. Employees should create passwords that are not easily guessed. Require your employees to change their passwords frequently. See our page detailing guidelines for creating strong passwords.
Hardware and software firewalls create a protective barrier between your network and the outside world. This can prevent access by unauthorized outside users. Incorrect firewall installation is common among small businesses, often leading to breaches in security, so ensure that your firewall is properly installed and up-to-date in order to keep your business protected.
Use access authentication
Access authentication software checks the identity of anyone who attempts to enter your computer network. Access is granted only to parts of your network or server that you have designated, ensuring that employees only have access to the files and data that you permit.
Encrypt your network
Network encryption prevents anyone who doesn’t hold an encryption code from accessing documents shared within a network. All data sent between two or more parties on the network is coded so that only the intended parties will have access to the specific data.
Never leave important data unattended
The simple act of encouraging your employees to close files and log-off or lock their computers before leaving their desk can limit your security risk. Impose rules that require employees to protect their computers when not in use. Furthermore, encourage your employees to keep a close eye on take-home laptops. See our page on Laptop Security for information on protecting your laptop.
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