How to Avoid Computer Viruses

One of the common malicious intrusions companies deal with is computer viruses. They can bring down networks, make applications vulnerable to malicious penetration, and result in the loss of crucial data.

Computer viruses are programs that infiltrate systems and make unauthorized changes such as installing or disabling programs, adddding or deleting data, and transmitting information to unauthorized remote PCs. The best way to prevent losses occurring from computer virus attacks is prevention.

Below are some of the things you can do to prevent virus attacks in your network:

1. Update your applications and software

Most viruses attack software that has not been updated and has known security flaws. Set your applications to auto-update, or carry out maintenance regularly to manually update them.

Terminal's managed service plan includes automatic updates of critical security patches.

2. Use an updated antivirus program

Many hackers use free software to distribute viruses. Therefore, if you install any free applications, make sure they come from trusted vendors. You should also scan any files you receive via email or download from the Internet.

Protect your PCs by installing a good anti-virus program. Ensure the anti-virus has the latest virus updates. Most antivirus companies release updates weekly. Every day, malicious programmers mutate their virus applications, so having an updated antivirus program will ensure your network is well protected.

VIPRE is an enterprise grade antivirus program installed with Terminal's managed service plan. All computers on the network are monitored to ensure they have updated virus definitions.

3. Switch on your network firewall

Protecting your network with a firewall is also crucial to preventing malicious third party intrusion. Switching on the firewall is the basic step towards preventing intrusion. Your firewall should always be on when your computer is connected to the Internet.

Terminal's network engineers can recommend configuration settings for your firewall. They can also help you understand today’s new breed of cyber-attacks and how to harden your network defenses in the battle against them. Learn more about security offered in Terminal's managed service plan, and how to protect your network against evolving threats.