Dealing with a system that has been infected with malware is very frustrating because it can take a very long time to detect and remove all of the malware-affected files. You can consider a “clean install,” which will erase the drive and replace everything on it. However, you will lose any information not saved elsewhere, which is why proper workstation security is necessary.
This will help prevent possible problems and increase the security of your workstation, and the following five practices must be applied:
- Use an Active Security Suite
This will help protect your system from viruses, malware, spyware, and network attacks. Anti-virus products are not enough these days, and your security suite should detect programs that monitor everything you do online and must disable them. Always ensure your security software is running and active; if you notice that it’s not, turn it on and run a full system scan immediately.
- Update Your Software
Your operating system, security suite, and programs must be up-to-date. If an IT professional manages your updates, they may test Microsoft’s patches before they deploy the patch to your system. If you update your own system, check when patches are released and complete your updates according to this information.
- Do Not Leave Your System Logged in Unattended
If you’re going to leave, lock your system or log out. Whether you’re in your office at work, working at your desk at home, or working while enjoying a hot drink at your favorite coffee shop, you should never leave your system unattended. When you walk out of eyesight of your device, lock it and/or log out.
- Do Not Share
Never share your system with anyone because you can keep it safe if you’re the only one using it. Handing it over to someone else can lead to infected files. If management or your IT team specifically tells you to share a file, do this from the company’s shared file system in the cloud or your server because both Cloud services and document servers actively scan for problems.
- Back-Up Your Data
All data you wish to keep must be backed up. Your operating system or applications don’t need to be backed up because your IT team can replace and update these easily. Still, data is not replaceable, which means your email, your documents, images, presentations, and spreadsheets must be backed up. Anything important should be backed up because if your system gets infected, your data will remain safe, and a backup will save you a lot of time and headaches.
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