Okay, Security vulnerabilities. In your office, probably the biggest security vulnerability is web browsing. People get bored and they start browsing the web looking at cars, looking at things they can buy and if your computers are locked down at all, they start looking for coupons to buy stuff. Shopping is a big thing where they get shopping tool bars and they start getting all these add-ons on their computers and their computers run slow, so one thing is web browsing.

Locking down the web browser. Blocking websites for shopping. That can be done on the firewall level, it can also be done on the computer level. A good IT firm can guide you through those things. There’s not a whole lot of do-it-yourself things unless you go through your firewalls. Sometimes you can log into your firewall and just straight out just block websites, which is very handy so check your firewall. I know Net Gear does that kind of thing, it’s under parental controls actually so if you want to check that out.

Microsoft security patching. Making sure your computers, if you’re small, you know ten and under people, ten and under computers in your network and you don’t have an IT firm, make sure automatic updates is turned on on your computers. It’s 99% good. There is word of bad updates, and that does happen, but very little. Make sure your computers are automatically updating.

Make sure your anti-virus is up-to-date for sure. Something’s better than nothing. Check out E-Set, check out Webroot.

Then lastly make sure you have a good firewall on your network. Cisco small business firewalls are a couple hundred bucks. A Sonic wall, which is 600 . Even some of the upper end consumer ones are decent, but really go for a business firewall because it will benefit you in the long run.