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4 Common Unknown IT Security Problems

4 Common Unknown IT Security Problems

Information technology, otherwise known as IT for short, is definitely tricky for those individuals who are not directly involved in the field. And, surprisingly, even IT professionals can sometimes find themselves stumped by issues that they encounter while on the job. When it comes to your computer system’s security, whether you’re operating a small home-based business on you own, or manage a larger business that utilizes a network of computers and a cloud-based server, you may be dealing with a variety of IT problems, some of which you may not even be aware of until it’s too late.

Read below to learn more about some of the most common IT security problems people face every day and what you can do to protect yourself.

Inadvertently Infecting an Entire Network of Computers

When it comes to small businesses and large offices, managers need to be very diligent about enforcing policies and educating employees on safe practices to keep viruses at bay. In addition to knowing what types of websites and apps to avoid, a manager also needs to enforce rules regarding bringing a computer virus into the system from home computers, especially if employees are used to bringing their work home with them on, for example, a USB drive, and then re-uploading the completed files onto their work computers. If their home computers are infected with a virus, and they aren’t yet aware of the danger, they can carry this virus into their workplace without even knowing it.

Turning off Anti-Virus and Firewall Security

Some employees may either accidentally or deliberately turn off anti-virus software or firewalls in order to gain access to areas of the internet that would otherwise be blocked by these security features. This leaves their computer vulnerable to cyber attacks and, if their computer is connected to a business’ network, it puts the entire company at risk. Making sure your employees follow proper protocols, including leaving all security programs intact and working, will ensure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen.

Executable Files That Carry Viruses

Whenever an employee downloads a file, especially an executable file, he is putting the entire company’s network of computers at risk of a virus infecting the system. One step that you can take for your own business is to make it a rule that employees are not allowed to download files without permission to do so coming directly from a manager or supervisor. You simply cannot be too safe when it comes to employees downloading files, programs, and other pieces of data onto your network. They need to understand the risks involved with doing so, even if you have the proper virus protection program in place.

An Unprotected Wireless Network

Making sure your wireless network is secure is extremely important, especially for businesses that use and share sensitive and confidential information every day between employees and managers. Implementing a secure wireless network that is password protected will take you one step closer to making sure your information cannot be accessed by outsiders.

Jane Hill is always looking for ways to keep the information found on her computer system safe and secure, so she decided to learn more about cloud server hosting and the many benefits it can provide.


  1. Zen DDoS Protection

    Indeed. Even a closed network with no internet access can fall to a virus. Like you mentioned, viruses can spread via USB flash drives. Anti-Viruses needs to be on.

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