When you’re running a business, you must be able to recognize the signs that there is an issue on your company network. A problem with your network could point to a hack, a corruption of your system files or a general issue with security. By recognizing the signs of issues like this, you might be able to fix them before it becomes a major headache for your company. Don’t forget, if criminals to access your computer network it is highly likely that they will not be attacking you directly. Instead, they will be going after your customers with the data that you store for them. This is a dangerous situation for a business and one that you need to quickly rectify. So, what are the signs of a hack or issue with your computer network?
You might notice that the computers on your networks are running at slower speeds than usual. This could be because an outside server is connecting to the harddrive taking some of its power. A sudden drop in speed usually also means that there is a virus on your system. You might think, well, at least we’re not being hacked, but don’t be so sure. Hackers often use viruses to gain access to your data files, either cloning them or erasing them. That’s why you do want to regularly check the computers on your network for any viruses. If you do find that there is a virus on a computer on your network, do not shut it down. This will not stop the hack. Instead, open it in safe mode. That way, the computer will not be connected to the server, and you can search for the root of the virus.
Files No Longer Accessible
There are two reasons for files being no longer accessible on a computer network. The first is relatively straightforward. It’s possible that you accidentally altered a setting on the computer which as a side effect, shut the file. Alternatively, it may point to the fact that someone is accessing and controlling the computer remotely. Viruses also can lock files and programs that can be used to delete them from the system. If your system has locked sensitive files and it is best to use an IT support team. You can try and fix the issue yourself, but you will probably run into roadblocks. Once someone has that type of control on your network, it is very difficult to get rid of them. However, a short term solution would be to disconnect your network from the online servers. Unfortunately, that would bring your business to a grinding halt.
Corrupted files don’t typically mean foul play. They usually point to an issue with the hardware or software. However, you will still need to rectify this issue to protect your business. The best way to do this is to have a backup of all your important data files. That way, if one is corrupted your business can still operate effectively on the market using the backup system.
We hope you have found this information useful in troubleshooting the issues on your network.