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7 Ways to Improve your Network Security by iFeeltech IT Services Miami

Hackers don’t care how big or small your business is. What they care about is how weak your security is, so making sure that your network is protected against them is the best way to prevent your business being a victim of cyber crime.

Today, most hackers find targets by using automated scans and all they’re looking for is a chink in your network to exploit. That means that if you’re not protecting yourself properly, your small business is at risk.

Fortunately, most of these security measures are easy to implement, and if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can easily knock this out in a rainy afternoon.

Ok, let’s get started by dealing with the outside world first. Read more

windows xp

It’s no longer news that Microsoft will no longer continue servicing Window XP users by providing regular updates or defense for that product after April 8, 2014. What we expect to hit the headlines is the numerous bugs and attacks, users of this product are expected to face on a daily basis.

According to a security vendor F-Secure, here are nine things die-hard XP users can do to protect their machines from such expected attacks.

Tip #1: Do not install any third party software you do not use or need at the moment and quickly uninstall any if you already have them installed. The older the installation, the more vulnerable it will be to attack.

Tip #2: Uninstall and disable all browser plugins for third party software. Turn off all your default settings and set your browsers to always ask you what to with PDFs and other software instead of just opening them by default.

Tip #3: Patch your Microsoft office fully if you have it installed on your machine to reduce its chances of endangering your device by exposing it to external attacks.

Tip #4: Always make use of an anti-virus like McAfee, Bit Defender, Avira and the rest and ensure that your installed firewalls are regularly updated.

Tip #5: Windows XP usually comes with the Internet Explorer browser, but cannot support the latest versions beyond IE 9 thus making the security features available in IE 10 and 11 obsolete for it. It’s highly recommended that you install another current browser like Mozilla and make it your default browser.

Tip #6: Install the latest updates which happen to be the final ones for Windows XP so that your machines can start this new unsupported phase of their lives free from the latest known malware or attacks.

Tip #7: Always Isolate your XP machines by placing them on separate networks so you can easily protect your modern devices from any attack which might result from your vulnerable XP devices.

Tip #8: Always place your computers on trusted networks behind a NAT router which often acts as a firewall for hardware.

Tip #9: If you can afford it, just consider upgrading your devices to a supported operating system to save yourself the hassles.

In conclusion, Windows XP installations are much more difficult to repair once they have been compromised than other known operating systems which make it a matter of necessity for anyone running his systems on such an obsolete system to consider these tips that can easily help prevent his devices from being exploited.

drop box alternative cloud storage

These days, it’s absolutely important that every business have a medium for securing sensitive business data and records as the loss of such data can ruin or affect the smooth operations of these businesses. All such issues  have become history thanks to the evolution of cloud computing and storage systems which has made it easier for anyone to store and backup their files on servers hosted within the internet and which can be easily accessed from any part of the world as long as you’re connected to the Internet.

Dropbox is one cloud storage service provider that has revolutionized this industry in terms of how information can be shared and this has been of immense benefits to several small businesses. It has completely eliminated the need for expensive physical infrastructures usually used for storage. Read more

server room

The recent Snowden leeks about the National Security Agency (NSA) where we had learned of widespread spying and the weakening of encryption implementations has shown that data or information stored online or still in transit are more vulnerable to attacks.

This vital revelation has forced some firms involved in the business of data storage, privacy and secrecy online to rethink their systems and methods for protecting data from state-sponsored groups and hackers.

You can reduce these types of data security issues or even avoid them completely by staying away from online data storage service providers and bring your IT solutions in-house. However, you can only do this successfully by investing on dedicated in-house IT equipments. The budget required to set up this kind of in-house IT infrastructures are usually beyond the financial capacity of most small business owners. Moreover, the resources required to design these types of solutions are often enterprise or medium-sized installations which might not augur well if you intend to set up a small server room or closet for a branch office.

However, setting up your server room is not rocket science because when you understand the basics, you’ll definitely find it much easier to set up one.  Here are six simple steps to help you get started. Read more

Virtualization

Virtualization, is simply creating a virtual version of  something, including but not limited to a virtual hardware platform, storage  device, operating system or network resources. It’s often regarded as a very complex and expensive task that’s absolutely beyond the reach of small business owners which is not true.

There are several benefits small businesses can get from virtualization which includes cost reductions and effective IT systems. There are several options available on the market like the VMware Workstation and Oracle’s VirtualBox – these companies have successfully placed virtualization technologies within the financial capacity of many small business owners. Read more