Check Whether or Not Your Network Is Secure with These Tips

By default, a network should be pretty strong in itself. However, they are not without vulnerabilities. There are likely issues to pop up at some point, and it can be quite tricky to learn whether or not it's properly secured. Moreover, how do you pinpoint the missteps and flaws?

Here are some tips on how to tell whether or not your network is properly secured:

Test Protocols as Browsing Is Ongoing

When a website using an HTTP protocol gets data you sent, it's "plaintext.” Essentially, there's nothing allowing data to end up encrypted between the sender and server that's targeted. Using HTTP on a public network leaves data exposed.

Thankfully, there's such a thing as HTTPS, which makes data encrypted. It's usually used for logging into websites. If a website has HTTPS in their URL, the connection is certainly secure. Browsers can also help to indicate whether a connection is secure. Google Chrome shows a tiny padlock in the URL bar so you can tell if HTTPS is in use.

Test the Strength of Your Antivirus Program

If even a single bad thing ends up in your system, you can end up with a world of trouble. Viruses and the like can spell all but the complete downfall of your files, programs, and more. You need to make sure that your antivirus program isn't just active, but working very well. Some antivirus programs won't catch threats the very second they slip in, which is not good.

Test the antivirus by getting an EICAR file. You can bundle them up in multiple ZIP file layers to really make the test thorough. These files are completely harmless, but antivirus programs are trained to read them as a virus. 

Test Whether There Are Any Leaks in Your VPN Connection

When it comes to a Domain Name System (DNS), there is a rather high risk for leaks. If there's a VPN (virtual private network) in place, information might leak. There should always be a check as to whether or not leaks are happening. It's easy enough to check whether a VPN is actually hiding you, because there are a number of reliable resources available.

Test Your Firewall and Take Note of Any Vulnerabilities

By default, the firewall should be the first item on any checklist involving internet security. After all, the whole point of having one is for computer ports to be protected from intruders. Those ports have to undergo regular testing so that there's no unauthorized activity.

Contrary to popular belief, this does not involve outsourcing any hackers or what. Check out services that are built to poke at computer ports and immediately report if defenses are breached. A faulty firewall with inefficient protection should be replaced with something better.

Conclusion

Having a solid internet connection means practically everything these days. Alongside that is making sure said connection is secure. Check on whether or not it's secure by testing your firewall and taking note of vulnerabilities, testing whether your VPN connection is leaking, and testing the strength of your antivirus program.

Concerned about your network security? SIP Oasis is here to help! We’re determined to keep your network secure and provide solutions to any other IT concerns you have.