COVID-19, a global pandemic, and rising cases every day. This entire situation has made many office-running businesses shut down on-site operations which means they have us clinging to our phones and computers for dear life since this is the only way we can get by to provide for ourselves and our families. If you think staying on our computers helps keep us away from viruses, well… have I got news for you! Improved network integrity as part of your cybersecurity measure is the key.
Believe it or not, yes, our computers get sick with viruses too (just… not the kind we can get). Malware can easily be contracted because it comes in many forms on the internet. One misclick and you are going to be dealing with people trying to get into, not only your passwords and accounts, but you risk exposing your company’s privacy as well!
Keeping these tips in mind can save us from privacy breaches and stolen data that these cybercriminals can use to generate profits and cause interference for the company.
Minimize Data Sharing
If important data is accessible everywhere and by everyone, more likely it is to be breached by unauthorized personnel. It would be helpful to minimize having to share it with everyone. However, if that can’t be helped, there are very simple ways to make sure only authorized people have access to these files such as changing your sharing settings, maintaining your network integrity moving forward.
Google apps, for example, have features that allow only a single organization to be able to access their shared documents keeping them from unauthorized access. Another way you can protect your data is to set up passwords. One way you can do this is to install an app locker software such as LockBox.
Multi-factor Authentication is your NEW Best friend
Setting up another kind of authentication aside from the usual password ensures maximum security. Needless to say, it should be part of your network integrity or cybersecurity measuers. Multi-factor authentication typically uses your mobile phone or another device independent from your main device. This is already a great way to make sure that you and only you have access to your data and you will be notified in case someone else tries to gain access to your accounts on another device.
Use VPN For Improved Network Integrity
VPN (Virtual Private Network) adds another blanket of protection for our computers especially when we are trying to connect with other networks over the internet. This added security is helpful in more ways than one!
- Protects your browsing activities.
- Allows access to region-restricted websites.
- Shields your online identity.
- Encrypts our data so it becomes inaccessible for public networks.
It does cost money to get VPN access but, nowadays, our data and privacy are at a vulnerable state since cyber attackers and hackers are getting more brainy in trying to access our computers. So getting a VPN subscription would be a helpful tool in the long run, specifically in improving your network integrity.
Don’t Delay Updates
As tempting as it is to hit snooze on your update reminder, update your systems and software as much as it needs. Updating your applications and your software also means updating security for the safety of your important data. You will often notice the word “patches” when reading through the updates. These patches are the result of security breaches. These updates also remove outdated features and create a better user experience, ultimately providing you with a stronger network integrity.
Backup your Data
You’ll never know when systems will malfunction, shut down, or restart. These could lead to unsaved data getting lost and compromised. Backing up your data keeps a copy of all your documents so if an unfortunate event occurs such as your internet acting up or a power interruption, you won’t have to stress about data loss.