Security basics

Computer and network security used to be the concern of only the largest corporations. However, with the networks becoming more interconnected and generally available, the tide is turning. Now, small businesses and individuals may experience a security breach that is likely to have catastrophic results. VPN blog relates the basics that even the smallest network should adhere to:

- Never use a computer system for both personal and business use. This is an immediate risk to public disclosure of confidential information and accidental loss of data.
- A daily and monthly data backup process should exist which also provides for off-site or fireproof storage of the backup data in a non-editable format (i.e. offline magnetic tape or CD-R (not CD-RW)).
- Any connection to the Internet should be behind a software or hardware-based firewall.
- Use a password to login to your computer even if it is not on a network.
- Use and update daily an anti-virus software suite

These measures may help dramatically reduce the risk of a security breach. However, it is equally important to manage the confidential information stored on your computer properly. Confidential files should be given adequate password protection. Besides, the password protected files should be properly located on your computer. The names of the files shouldn’t reveal the confidential nature of the information it contains. Store protected files in hidden or secure folders. Try to avoid having more than one copy of the same file, as multiple copies are more likely to be revealed by the attacker (in case the attack takes place). For more information on password protected files, see Find protected files.

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