Making Sure Your Computers Are Secure Over The Summer Holiday

We can bet students and teachers are looking forward to a well-deserved break over the summer, but even when no one is in the offices and classrooms you will need to protect your school’s computers from hacking and viruses.

So how can you make sure your school’s computers are secure over the six weeks?

Introduce a Computer Defence System

Malware is a type of software that is designed to damage your computer or gain unauthorised access to your personal information. This can include viruses, worms, Trojan horses and spyware. Most malware can be distributed across the internet and can be bundled into other software.

While it may sound obvious, just like your home computers, your school’s PCs need to be protected by security software too using antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-malware.

Our IT support in Essex suggests installing antivirus software such as Bitdefender, Norton or Kaspersky to protect against viruses. This software will help prevent malware getting into your computer and remove it if already present.

Back-up your Computer

As a school, it Is expected that you will be in possession of personal information belonging to parents and students so is important that this data is protected.

While it may be possible to repair your computer, when data is lost your files may be lost forever resulting in a stressful few weeks back after the holidays and major inconveniences for staff and students if the school is unable to run efficiently. You can prevent this happening when you back up your files on an external hard drive or by using an online backup service.

Run Disk Cleanups

Windows has an internal disk cleanup program in the Control Panel to get rid of any temporary files and other files stored on your computer. It quickly scans your computer for these files before giving you the option to delete them to free up space on your hard drive.

At Ghost IT Solutions, we like to take a more holistic approach to IT support, aiming to be a one-stop shop for all aspects of business IT support.

We currently provide IT services in Essex for businesses, but could be a valuable asset to your school’s computer security; providing cloud services, IT support and holiday cover for your IT department.

To find how we can help your school’s security, call 01708 390370 or email [email protected]