10 Common Computer Security Mistakes Made at Offices

Computer Security

Office computers sometimes contain sensitive data that could be imperative to the company’s operations. But if in the wrong hands, it can prove harmful to the company’s reputation and financial standing. All this happens because sometimes employees get relaxed with their computer’s security.

Our list will highlight some of the most common computer security mistakes at offices that you can avoid or rectify immediately.

1.     Password Repetition

If you have a habit of using the same old password for every personal and professional account then change your habit right now. You have a login for almost every website nowadays. If you use the same password for all logins, a single breach of security on any of the visited websites might lead to a total security nightmare.

2.     Simple Passwords

Avoid using your birth date, anniversary date, family member’s names, or easy to remember words as your passwords. You need a very strong password to make your system and the underlying data is secure. Make sure that your passwords are alphanumeric, with uppercase and lowercase letters, and are at least eight characters long.

3.     Illegal Software

You might think that you can get away with downloading software without paying for it. But more often than not they are filled with viruses, adware, malware and other hidden programs designed to scan your computer for sensitive information. So stick to legal and authenticated programs.

4.     Not Using Anti-Virus Software

The purpose of anti-virus software is to clean your system from malicious elements bent on destroying it from within. Anti-virus programs get rid of such threats and secure your computer from harmful intrusions.

5.     Using Open Networks

Using an open network might give you access to free internet, but in most cases, they are not protected. They don’t offer you any type of security and leave you vulnerable to breeches.

6.     Neglecting Updates

Software updates come with new security protocols that make sure any information viewed or uploaded by you on your system remains secure. Avoiding updates would be akin to inviting malicious entities through the back door into your system.

7.     Surfing Unsecure Websites

Most browsers alert you when you try to visit an unsecured website. These warnings alert you to the risk that a website might infect your system with viruses and compromise security. It is best to heed the warning and exit the website.

8.     Clicking on Short links

Short links like TinyURL, goo.gl and bit.ly are becoming really popular on social networking sites. And most people prefer them because they provide links to the destination’s URLS. Unfortunately, these links can lead to an alternate destination with raises security concerns. So try to avoid short links unless you trust the author.

9.     Still Using Windows XP

Windows XP has been around since 2001. That has given hackers ample time to break through most security features of the software. So embrace the modern age and upgrade your system to the latest version of Windows no matter how easy you find Windows XP.

10.   Giving Administrative Access to Applications

Most applications ask for administrative permission before installation. It’s not really a problem with authentic applications. But malicious applications can gain access to your system from within once you have provided permission. Make sure that the source of the application is authentic before providing permission and installing it.

Competent computer support services, like Rapid IT, can help you with all these problems. They can also advise you about the security measures that you should take to make your computer completely safe.

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Screen Flickering Windows 8.1

Screen Flickering Windows 8.1

Have you just updated to windows 8.1 expecting an improved user experience only to find that you’re unable to use your computer due to your desktop and icons continuously flickering?  Well, that’s unfortunate but read on and we’ll try to troubleshoot and find some answers. Get ready to put your IT support hat on.

What are the symptoms?

Generally speaking, desktop and icons are flickering continuously on the screen. User not able to use computer or open applications.

Generally this error occurs post user sign in, after the windows update from 8.0 to 8.1. The time it takes for the the error to display symptoms vary. However most users have been reporting between 10-30 seconds before their computer becomes unusable.

Why is my screen flickering – Windows 8.1?

Simple answer: A 3rd party program or driver is crashing your windows system.

Technical answer: explorer.exe is stopping illegal operations or corrupt programs from running. Thereby crashing and rebooting only to be confronted with the same program trying to execute. Hence the flickering symptoms experienced.

Some known problematic third party programs include:

  • Norton Internet Security
  • IDT Audio Control Panel
  • A Graphics Card Driver – Such as Intel HD Video

Whilst these programs are absolutely fine operating in the Windows 8.0 environment issues seem to occur in their operation when used under Windows 8.1. However in most cases reinstalling the faulty driver or program should resolve your screen flickering on Windows 8.1.

How to uninstall programs from windows

How do i stop the screen flickering if i can’t use my computer?

This can be a little tricky. What we need to do is stop the program that is causing the screen flickering issue. In this case the program is explorer.exe or rather the programs crashing it. However stopping this program will disable most of the user interface. This will place you in unfamiliar territory. We come to rely on the simple start button and icons placed conveniently in front of us. This convenience will not be available if we stop explorer.exe

How do i fix the Windows 8.1 screen flickering issue?

Ok, as mentioned earlier the first thing we need to do is kill explorer.exe. We will achieve this by opening the task manager.

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press CTRL+ALT+DEL on your keyboard to bring up a menu. Within this menu you will find task manager. Open task manager and click on “more details” if task manager is in compact view.

In the expanded view you will see a tab called “Processes”. Within this menu scroll down until you see “windows explorer” select this item, right click and say end task.

Ok, the screen has stopped flickering but i still cant use my computer?

Now that the screen has stopped flickering we can use the task manager to open the programs we need to uninstall the troublesome 3rd party software and drivers.

To run a program click “file” within task manager then “run new task”. This will open a run command box which will allow you to open programs.

Within this box type “appwiz.cpl” (without the inverted brackets) and press enter. This will open the add/remove programs prompt where you can remove the troublesome programs causing the issue. The programs causing the flickering screen issue will vary depending on your computer, however if you have any Norton Security products this would be a good start.

Also, checking that your drivers are up to date will be advantageous. If they are out of date, use windows update or the manufacturers website to update your drivers.

Furthermore performing a clean boot of the system may stop the troublesome programs from starting in the first place.


Once you have removed the programs restart your computer and test again. If the problem re-occurs then repeat the process until the issue is resolved. It is also recommended that you scan your computer for viruses in case of infection. If you’re unsure how to do this, don’t hesitate to contact us for further technical support.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/mk_page_section]


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