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Five tips to avoid a malware infection

By 2nd August 2020 No Comments

Devices that slow down or behave in an unexpected way could have been infected with malware. While some malware added to your computer can simply be disruptive to your workflow, it can also have more serious consequences.

Cyber-criminals can infect enterprise computers with a wide variety of malware, which allows them to infiltrate company networks, access private areas and take control of devices to facilitate their insidious schemes.

Preventative measures in place are always the best policy when it comes to malicious software and by following this guidance you may be able to sidestep any unfortunate circumstances.

1. Employing anti-malware

It might seem simple, but first and foremost, make sure you have robust anti-malware software installed on your computer. This protection software is crucial, but will be little use if you don’t keep it up to date. Ensure you are always using the latest version by accepting and installing updates as soon as they become available.

Use your anti-malware software to regularly scan your machine. Select a schedule where your protective software will run a weekly check to search for any harmful elements on your computer. Remember this may slow down your machine, so schedule a time when you won’t be working. However, make sure that your device is switched on and won’t automatically enter hibernation mode or else the scan will not run.

2. Keeping your OS current

Just like with anti-malware software, it’s essential that you keep your operating system up to date, whether you are running Mac OS X or Windows. New updates often contain security patches to plug or fix vulnerabilities. Your anti-malware software scans will use your operating system information as a database to check against, so it is vital you always use the latest version.

3. Protecting with passwords

Computers are typically connected to printers, files and the internet using Wi-Fi connectivity. Ensure accessing them always involves authorisation and a robust password, along with either WPA2 or WPA encryption. If you are working outside of your enterprise network, avoid connecting to free Wi-Fi available in airports and coffee shops.

Multiple passwords should be employed, as single code can be used by hackers to access all your accounts in seconds. Where possible, always employ multi-factor authentication methods.

4. Avoiding clicking on unfamiliar links

Always think before clicking on links or attachments, especially in unsolicited emails. Hover your cursor over links, particularly those employing a shortened URL, prior to clicking to identify exactly where the link is taking you.

5. Using an enhanced security solution

At Galaxkey, we have built a secure workspace that can drastically reduce the likelihood of enterprise devices becoming infected with malicious software. Our comprehensive security solution allows company personnel to collaborate and communicate safely with both internal and external users.

Featuring powerful encryption options and cutting-edge features, such as a digital sign that enables users to verify the source of emails and documents prior to download, our secure workspace empowers firms with a new level of defence. Contact us today for a free 14-day trial.