Let’s say you’re out traveling away from home, only for the worst to happen: you lose your laptop. What’s more, is you know you have several important emails coming your way. What are you supposed to do in this scenario?

Fortunately, if you have an exchange server, this won’t be a problem for you (or at least not as big of a problem as it could have been). An exchange server is a central hub fully compatible with Microsoft Outlook that holds all of your email online through a feature called Outlook Web Access. In other words, all of your emails, schedules, calendar dates, and finances will be accessible on any server from anywhere in the world once you log in.

But equally as important as having an exchange server in the first place is to protect that server. After all, the last thing you want is for all of your personal, financial, and business information to become stolen from hackers.

Here are the top three strategies for protecting your exchange server:

  1. Conduct Routine Security Updates

Many people fail to conduct persistent security updates on their software and programs in general because it can seem very monotonous and time consuming to do so. But here’s the truth: if you’re serious about protecting your information stored on your programs, then conducting routine security updates is simply something you have to do.

An easier way to run security updates, however, will be to use a tool such as Patch Management from Microsoft. This software will routinely scan for any issues and make corrections as needed. It will also notify you of any vulnerabilities or risks that exist in your server.

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  1. Invest In Spam Filtering Software

Checking for spam in your email is yet another tedious but necessary thing we have to do. But rather than check for spam manually, wouldn’t it be nicer if you had software to do it for you?

An exchange spam filter is very easy to install, can present you with a dashboard displaying all the emails that have been processed and which ones have been identified as spam, and will even block viruses and malware from infecting your computer. It truly is a valuable tool to have and not something you want to ignore.

  1. Hire A White Hat Run A Security Test

While it costs money, something else you can do to is to hire a penetration testing engineer (also known as a ‘white hat’) to run a security test on your server.

A white hat will put themselves in the mind of a hacker as they search for flaws and weaknesses to exploit in your system. They’ll also then be able to fix any weaknesses that they do find. All in all, there are few better ways to truly protect your exchange server than to have a professional test it out for you.

4. Protecting Your Exchange Server

Hopefully you now understand why protecting your exchange server is important, and by following the tips in this article, you now know how you can protect it as well.