This month marks the 25th anniversary of the first virus ever concocted for computers and it actually started as a way to protect computers from viruses. Brain, developed by Pakistani brothers, had the developers names, phone numbers and addresses hidden in the code. So why’d they create it? Apparently to stop malicious hackers from stealing their medical software, but the virus has come a long way since the mid 1980s.
Now we are facing a constant barrage of damaging computer software and malware that is seeping into our PCs on a day by day basis. Every day, there seems to be a new bot or virus that we need to sweep our computers for, making data protection even more important than ever. This is especially true for small businesses, who store client data, employee data and financial records on servers that may be easily infiltrated by criminals. Here are some tips to ensure that if your company’s information is compromised, you will not be at a total loss:
Keep multiple copies of all records – This may seem like a given, but you wouldn’t believe the number of businesses who keep multiple copies of records on the same server. Make sure that all of your data is copied several times in several different places, including a remote server location far away from your office.
Enable remote access – Any businessperson knows that traveling to see clients or potential clients is essential, even with the advances in communication technology available. When you aren’t in the office, being able to access information can be difficult, but a secure remote access point can be helpful. Using heavily encrypted software, you will be able to access your company’s information from anywhere, including home.
Hire a computer security company – In the long run, it is much safer for you and your company if you hire a computer security company to test your data security and protection. The amount of money spent will cover itself 10 times over in the malware free future.