Matt Gunn, Managing Editor | TechComply

It is much easier to prevent an infection than it is to remove an infection from your machine. We’ve said it before. It’s a mantra in enterprise IT because, well, it’s true.

If an infection has happened at your institution, you know how much of a hassle it can be to remediate. It costs time and effort, lost productivity, lost files and seemingly endless frustration. And it can happen to anyone. From a teller to a CEO, we’re all at risk.

The first step in protection is to keep your systems up to date. By simply running a supported version of the Windows operating system and keeping it up to date with all the patches and fixes released by Microsoft, you’re taking a solid first step toward prevention. The patches regularly released by Microsoft and other software providers are meant to address known issues and vulnerabilities, and will keep hackers and harmful software from exploiting those weaknesses.

And if your institution is among the many still running Windows XP, don’t forget that it’ll soon be time to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8, as XP support drops out next April (here’s our handy guide to understanding the differences between the latest operating systems).

For more tips on the fundamentals of malware prevention, watch the above video put together by Safe Systems NOC engineers. It’s about 10 minutes, but gives a good briefing on the fundamentals.

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