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5 Tips to Take Care of Your System’s Network & IT Support

by Lisa Glenn (writer), , July 20, 2017

IT security and vulnerability are the foremost domain to attend while providing IT consulting.

Is internet a safe place to share sensitive credentials? Won’t you seek it as an attack over the right to privacy? A sneak peek to something privy is unacceptable. Consider a scenario in which a web developing organization has to share several credentials, passwords, coding and websites. For channelization of any information to the first party or third party, it approaches the internet.

What if the spammer snoops in the stored cookies? Won’t you have chip on your shoulder if a malicious attempt of hacking occurs? How could you turn the ball in your court when the spyware or malware attacks? It’s really scary to tussle with such an ugly situation.

Digital platform has grey shades besides leverages. Be it communication, transactions, work, study or anything, the want of browsing remains at the epicenter. Have you done your homework pretty well to conquer over all such malicious attempts?

Typical tricks to block hacking attempts:

With a lot of ideas, hacking can be eliminated. A few of them are here for your glance:

2. Updating applications: It’s not only the operating systems but various applications that require updates.

3. Sharing on public wi-fi securely: Do you think that making transaction while sitting at the cafeteria by using public wi-fi is safe? I’m telling you that it’s not a safe zone. Whether you put on the wall of a password or using SSL connection, vulnerability still lurks. You can’t escape from it.

You can master the art of IT support and security of your network and data. Just go through these 5 tips and get off every technicality

Keep eye on malware: Malware is a kind of electronic virus that infects and steals away the pan credentials of the clicker. The keyboard or input devices get locked down. Thereby, the way to furtherance is absolutely blocked.

Tips to combat it:

· Stop clicking all links: Turning blind eye while clicking any link can cost hefty loss. Your silly mistake can invite malware vectors, namely download malware and drive-by malware. Another invitation can be initialized through urls shortners and social media. So, be aware and inspect the source of the link first.

· Educate: Take a small training session to let your staff be aware of the vulnerable links.

· Make communication mandatory: Try to communicate about the link before accessing it. Proceed only when confirmation is dropped.

· Scan files to stop vulnerable links: Mistake can happen any time. But it can be averted if your browser would ask for your permission before downloading. Scan the files and filter out the filthy ones via anti-spam software.

Keep eye on spyware: As its name reflects, the spyware peeps into your hard drive to look into your computer activities and information. Add-ons are the main cause for transferring them to any mechanism.

Tips to combat it:

· Check extensions: Do keep eye on the inexplicable extensions religiously. Suppose I downloaded a software. But in return, the software asks to add its extension to your browser. This is the pothole whereby spammer can channelize malware.

· Use add-ons sparingly: As add-ons are the root cause of their entry, avoid them. Disable them.

· Allow only secure sites: Allow the sites that have ‘https’ in their urls that symbolizes secured. Avoid unaffiliated urls.

· Avoid PDF converter: The word ‘free’ is used as a bait to trap the user by the spammer. By availing free PDF converter, they convert the office docs into pdf through chrome. Go for premium converter rather as they guarantee safeguarding your converted document.

Keep tracking: Did you give a thought why the popping ads reflect what you browsed earlier? It’s so because Google bots track and then, cater the same ad while assuming as if your intensions lie in it. Likewise, many websites follow its footprints. They track users’ browsing. Even, they save your cookies to recount what your preferences were earlier.

Tips to combat it:

· Clear cookies: Cookies are like the snippets that store your IP address and server information. These tools are valuable for targeting in future. But by clearing them, you can get off their tracking.

· Browse privately: Incognito does not let the browsing history disclosed. So, be habitual to browse in incognito. By doing so, your browsing history would be coveted for good. You can get rid of pressing Ctrl + Shift + N for navigating to incognito, set the chrome to launch incognito mode by adding -incognito at the target command in its properties box.

· Enable ‘Do Not Track’: Like DND or Do NotDisturb in the phone, you can enable ‘Do Not Track’ in your browser.

· Browse with separate identity: Create separate logins for browsing to escape the tracking by various websites.

Keep eye on cookies: As said above, cookies are the crucial data repositories where personal access details are stored. Their crucial role is unhidden from the spammers as well. Therefore, they hit at the bull’s eye while attacking on these cookies.

Tips to combat it:

· Lock the cookies: Lock up the access of first and third party. But bear in mind that the social networking and emailing would be adversely affected. To get rid of it, you can halt third party access only.

· Clear browsing history: Be regular to erase the browsing history.

· Keep separate password manager: Rather than cookies, keep your password safely coveted in password manager.

· Add-ons: Pick up the add-ons that can keep your passwords confidential. Disconnect and Ghostery are a few good examples of it.

Keep eye on phishing: Phishing is a buzzing name of net-scam. Many of us would have become victim of it. As the user turns blind while clicking the url, he/she navigates to a bogus site where personal information is asked. You may lose your banking as well as other credentials through this vulnerability.

Tips to combat it:

· Read and then, click: Avoid click-n-open any attachment from the mails of an alien to you.

· Inquire the link: Google the url. The subdomain can leave you suspicious. So, check it thoroughly.

· Communicate with the authorized person: Contact the authorized person in the organization to let him know about the vulnerability attempt.

· Encrypt the data: Keep the data safe in codes. Use encryption while emailing and sharing it.

About the Writer

Lisa Glenn is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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