iStock_000016717518_SmallAre you sure that your business network, all computers, and your important files are secure? You might be surprised that some very common internet browsing habits are actually putting your company at risk of an attack. Whether it’s you or an employee, odds are good that someone is committing at least a few of these bad online habits on your network every day. Take the steps to educate yourself and employees on safe computer use, and remember to give us a call if you need help with any of the items on this list.

You keep javascript enabled by default. All browsers are susceptible to web-based malware, but disabling javascript on most websites can help protect your computers.

You’re using default settings in Adobe Reader and Acrobat. These programs come pre-installed on most computers, and they can put you at risk even if you never use them. That’s because they are the mostly exploited weakness in your system, particularly if you’re using default settings. Those settings need to be tweaked to prevent attacks from getting through.

You sometimes click on pop-ups. Ironically, these pop-ups often warn you that your computer is infected, and direct you to download a program to “fix” the problem. What you’re actually downloading is malware! Use only trusted anti-virus and anti-malware programs (call us if you’re unsure of a particular software).

You click on dangerous links. If you don’t know the sender of an email or instant message, don’t click any links in the message. These are often traps, and you will download a virus of some type.

You log into accounts through email links. Speaking of clicking links, don’t click links from businesses or other accounts (like social media) that ask you to log in to the site. These emails are often just trying to trick you into disclosing your login information. Open a separate browser window and go to the website on your own, if you’re concerned.

You assume that you’re safe. You happily browse the internet, assuming that your antivirus program is keeping you safe. Occasionally, even the best antivirus program will miss something, so make sure you’re browsing safely using the other tips on this list.

You’re ignoring those update requests. Occasionally one of your programs or your browser reminds you to install updates, but you’re busy and don’t have time for it or you don’t really know if you should perform the update.  When you neglect to allow updates, you’re missing out on security patches that can protect you against vulnerabilities.

You’re browsing without a firewall. If you haven’t established a firewall on your network, it’s like opening the front door of your home and inviting burglars inside.

Of course, some of these safety measures take time, and require a bit of expertise. If you’re short on time or don’t feel overly tech-savvy, outsource that job to an expert. We’re on call to help you keep your valuable equipment and data safe, and our service is easier and more convenient than you might think. Give us a call at 888-RING-MY-TECH, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about online security.