8 ways to improve your computer security today

By Sybil Andrea
Apr 27, 2020
4 min read
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With so much of our work revolving around digital tools, any flaw in your operating system poses a serious security threat to your business. Weak protection of computer systems might lead to stolen data, malware, and financial loss. Not to mention the damage a serious hack can do to a company’s reputation.

However, if you take time to catch up with the latest cybersecurity news, you’ll be able to take appropriate security measures in time to avoid any real damage. It’s far easier to prevent an attack than deal with its aftermath. That’s why businesses must pay attention to the latest vulnerabilities and how they can shore up computer and information security. 

1.     Get involved in the cybersecurity community

Find news outlets you can trust. Wired, TechCrunch, The New York Times—it’s your pick. Reading daily cybersecurity reports will help you keep up to date with the latest events.

Cybersecurity companies also have blogs that are worth following—like our NordVPN Teams blog right here. Besides sharing the latest news, they also provide helpful tips to users and businesses on how to handle data breaches or other hacking attempts.

Another group you should follow is cybersecurity experts and researchers. These are the people who spend their days looking for flaws in online services, software, and devices. They report their findings on their personal websites, which news outlets often use as original sources.

Krebs on Security is one of the most popular cybersecurity blogs out there. The site investigates cyber crimes, covers latest threats and breaches, points out major security holes in popular services, and describes how companies can fix them.

2.      Use social media

Social media is a great way to stay up to date if you don’t have much time. Most news outlets, white-hat hackers, and security researchers will have dedicated accounts for sharing their insights. Following security experts will help you stay aware and better protected. 

3.      Follow vulnerability alerts and databases

A public vulnerability database will feature all the latest news concerning cybersecurity issues. White-hat hackers, researchers, and analysts all make regular contributions. They won’t be easy to use and understand for beginners, but if you’re reasonably tech-literate, it’s a very useful service.

VULDB, a community-driven vulnerability database, is a valuable resource. It constantly adds new vulnerabilities, monitors and updates old ones, and allows subscribers to look up particular products, developers, and types.

You can also try the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) alerts. They include the issue, severity level, give detailed technical explanations on how the vulnerability might affect information and computer security and offer a way to mitigate the risks. You can use your email or RSS feed to receive technical alerts about current vulnerabilities.

4. Keep your systems up to date

Update software regularly, and encourage your employees to do the same. These often include important bug fixes and security patches for your operating system.

5. Do your research 

If you’re looking to upgrade, perform thorough research before committing. Is the company trustworthy and quick to react to any concerns their users raise? Check whether the manufacturer has had any security scandals in the past and how they dealt with them. You need to be sure you can trust the company, and researching potential providers will always guarantee a higher rate of success.

6. Install security software

Invest in antivirus software. It will keep viruses and malware away from your system and devices by putting them in quarantine instantly. An antivirus will also notify you about their origin so that you can prevent similar attacks in the future.

7. Use a business VPN

For one, it will allow your employees to access company networks and resources remotely. But it will also encrypt your internet traffic, and, together with a new IP, make your company more difficult for cybercriminals to target.

8. Educate your team

Finally, encourage everyone in the workplace to break bad habits. Get your coworkers to use a password manager to avoid password recycling. Set up 2FA wherever possible for an additional layer of protection. And remind your team to be wary of phishing attacks and its many forms.

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