4 Tips on How to Improve Your Network Security

As the most popular type of attack, hackers are constantly looking for new ways to exploit your network. A few years ago, there were only a handful of publicly available hacking tools available – today, they number in the thousands!

Having learned from their mistakes and now armed with hacker-developed tools acquired via underground sites on the Internet, an increasing number of hackers are breaking into computer networks to steal data or just wreak havoc.

To protect yourself from these cybercriminals, you need to be on top of your security game. But while there are plenty of articles out there on the basics of network security, not many cover more advanced topics – so let’s dive in!

#1: Using the Right Software for Encryption

Since you’re reading this on a website, it’s safe to assume that your computer is already connected to the Internet. Most likely, this connection is encrypted using HTTPS – however, email communication probably isn’t! And while most web browsers have an option to encrypt your entire communication with websites (called “HTTPS Everywhere”), they don’t support automatically encrypting your email. If you want to be sure that no one can read your emails, you need to use email encryption software such as Mailvelope , which works with most popular web browsers and operating systems.

#2: Enabling Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

2FA is a powerful tool that can protect your account from hackers as well as unauthorized physical access to your computer. How does it work? Whenever you log in to a service with which you have enabled 2FA, the service will send an authentication code to your phone (via text message or an app like Google Authenticator), and you’ll need this code in addition to your password to log in. This way, even if someone has managed to learn your password, he won’t be able to access your account as long as he doesn’t have your phone!

#3: Hire an IT Company with a Strong Security Background

To avoid the headache and frustration of dealing with daily IT tasks like PC maintenance and security updates, you should consider hiring an IT company with strong security expertise. This way, when your network is under attack, you’ll have access to skilled professionals who can quickly resolve any issues. IT Companies are committed to providing excellent customer service and cutting-edge IT support.

#4: Using a VPN

If you want to be able to work remotely and securely, you should consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). By encrypting your data and assigning you a new IP address, a VPN keeps your business information safe from hackers around the world – making it the perfect tool for employees who telecommute!

It’s easy to understand why IT security is such a hot topic. Make sure you’re on top of things by following these tips today!

Chris Turn

Chris Turn is the pseudonym of a journalist and writer who has published short stories, essays, and criticism in the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the New York Times. Her most recent book, a novel, is The Summoning (The HarperCollins Canada, 2014). She lives with her husband in Toronto.

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