How to Protect Your Computing Devices in the Office to Avoid Disruption

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How to Protect Your Computing Devices in the Office to Avoid Disruption

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Protecting your computing devices is very important. This is especially true in the office where employees are required to be as productive as possible towards shared company goals.

In this article, we look at ways to protect your devices to ensure they remain functional without any hinderances like a corrupted file, a virus infection; or both!

Anti-Virus and Malware Protection

Every computer, whether it’s a Mac or a Windows PC, must have software installed to protect against the threat of a virus or malware infection.

With a virus, it’s usually damaging to the files themselves where malicious code can intentionally overwrite files to delete them. If this should happen, they’re very difficult to recover.

Malware is code on a computer that can lock up the system, copy files to the cloud or perform other actions that could steal away vital confidential company information.

Use a package like MalwareBytes to protect against the threat of malware infection. Also, try a Kaspersky or Avast security package for anti-virus protection too. A paid version is going to be better because they include automatic updates to scan for the latest types of infections and remove them.

Mobile Devices

Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet that’s owned by the company or the personal property of the employee, it’s advisable that everyone install anti-virus software on their mobile device. Kaspersky and Avast both have mobile apps that are easy to install and run periodic scans on the device to check for infections.

It’s also advisable for Android devices to disable the ability to install apps outside of the Play Store. This avoids using a secondary source for mobile apps where the apps themselves could have infections. It’s also possible to set up a PIN number on Android devices to lock out the installation of new apps too.

How to Avoid Visiting Malicious Websites

Malicious websites that have malware ready to install on a PC or mobile device are a danger. By searching for the domain name within Google’s search engine, you can get an advance warning before visiting a website.

Also, if using Google Chrome, there’s an integrated warning where a known infected site is blocked to avoid it infecting another device.

By making use of Google search and a web browser that actively checks for malicious websites before loading up the page, it’s easier to avoid web nasties! Never install an app from a popup. Also, avoid installing an app that you’ve never heard of before. Get your investigative cap on and find out about them first.

What Should You Do If Your Data is Corrupted or Device is Locked Out?

First, try not to panic. Second, consider looking up a data recovery service like Secure Data Recovery to see if they can assist you. They have a smart team of technicians that can often access an infected smartphone again or save data that’s been corrupted as a result of hard drive failure or virus infection on a PC.

While no one can guarantee success, hiring a data recovery service to get your computer, phone or tablet out of a jam gives you the best chance.

Keeping the office computers and mobile devices functioning well is no small thing. The amount of disruption caused when one suddenly stops working is not to be underestimated. Protecting them with software and applying sensible usage practices avoids most security and data loss problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eboné Bell
Eboné is the Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine. She is the illegitimate child of Oprah and Ellen...so it's only right that she continues their legacy in the media world.