OK, back in the game guys!
Following on from previous post, you will need a way of connecting your router to your server or Main computer. This will allow other pcs, notebooks, laptops which have wireless capability to connect in and become a fully-fledged member of the networking party J
How secure it is though?
OK so far, so good, we have a network and its all purring along nicely. But lets pretend that someone or something wants to get in there and do some damage or steal some data. Cyber attacks are on the increase as more and more businesses and systems are moved online, so its imperative that you have confidence that your little network is adequately protected from such baddies.
So, where and when should security be applied to your little network?
Well, let’s start with the router. As the main “route” (haha) (sorry, a sucker for a PUN!) that your network connects with the outside world. In turn it is also the main route that the outside world uses to connect with your network. There are a number of encryption or protocols available to you in this quest. WEP for a wireless network is a good place to start.
You could also deploy user login credentials to your staff or computer users. Utilising Microsoft’s active directory system will allow you to set individual login credentials which the user can then administer themselves. You would only be required to assist in cases when the logins failed for whatever reason.
You should also check your internet browsers security settings. Essentially, the browser is the front door to the internet and all its riches. Again, in turn, its also the front door to all its threats. Settings should be set to block pop-ups and prompt when a webpage attempts to install programs etc.. you can also set webpages that are exempt from these security measures, of instance if your company uses an online business application which requires these. Adding this site to the exemption list basically bi passes the rule and allows the site to use pop-ups etc.. as you know the site and trust it is not going to install anything risky.
YOU NEED ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE!
Did I say this loud enough? You need it you really do. It is not expensive and you should have active licenses for both your server and all devices on your network.
Along with AV, you need to ensure you data is backed up. Your critical business data is so important that you must ensure it is backed up and secure. One of the most popular ways of doing this these days is to utilize Cloud Computing for you Business backup requirements. Some providers of Cloud backup in the UK will hold versions of every file you use for up to 60 days, giving you a great roll-back facility if any of your data or devices are lost or unrecoverable.
One provider we’ve used and can recommend would be ukcloudbackup.com