With Spring in full-swing, it might be time to give your network and systems a check up. We all know how unwanted files and folders we amass on our desktops and the number of useless files we attempt to keep for whatever reason we deem necessary. As security threats constantly emerge day-after-day to attempt to corrupt our systems, the ever-increasing chance of new viruses can seep into our system unknowingly due to the pile up of content we keep on our computers.
To get your network and systems back to the clean and organized status it should truly be, here’re five bold outlined ideas to give your network and systems a real spring cleaning:
1. For networks, clean out those old unwanted and unused user accounts. During the period where those user accounts have been unused for quite some time, they don’t get the attention to important issues such as periodical password changes and regular security updates. Although you might have a routine setup in place to archive or remove old accounts, you should be aware of any remaining accounts that should be destined for the trash bin.
2. The basic “junk” that floats about on your system. As mentioned before, all those files and folders filled with items you deemed useful are probably no longer relevant or needed. Sort through all your workspace folders and give those necessary items the heave-ho.
3. Clean those storage areas on your system. From time to time, there are plenty of applications and systems that do not clean on their own account like they should. To prevent this from happening, using cleaning methods like the occasional ‘Disk Cleanup’ on your Windows workstations, for example, would be a good solution to keep your system performing at its best and run a lesser risk of future operation issues or failures.
4. Clean up your network to remove those unnecessary security rules. Basically speaking, review your network and firewall rules to remove those excessive and simply unwanted areas of your security that only hamper time and efficiency. Once you have a proper network back in place, configure those allowed to be connected as explicitly as possible.
5. Once your network and systems are indeed clean, keep it clean by reviewing your security. Be sure that you have strong authentication in place to protect your sensitive data. Be certain of who has access to what data and find out why exactly do they need it. Give access to only the individuals who require it – with extreme explicit guidelines in place. Also, now that your systems are properly cleaned up, be sure all your patches for your operating systems as well as applications are updated, in case you might have deleted a recent update by accident somewhere along the lines.
These are just some of the boldest ideas and procedures you should keep in mind when giving your network and system a cleaning. Of course, you should think above and beyond these measures – but cleaning your computers at the very front will start you off on the right foot for a productive season.