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Network security is basically securing your network. That means it’s the idea of protecting your computer against being attacked. The more secure your computer, the less of an attack it will be.

According to companies like Fortinet, there are a variety of security types like firewalls, antivirus, and intrusion detection systems. And you can further complicate your system security with other devices like encryption keys and network access.

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One important thing to remember is that a security level can be different on different computers. This doesn’t mean you should not change your network security because your computer is not a computer from a different country. All you need to do is determine what level of security is best for your data, your company, and your employees.

Learn more about setting and maintaining your network security at our How to Manage Your Network Security post.

How to Monitor Your Network Security

On a network, you might want to create a log on screen where you can log on and view your network security levels.

To create a logon screen, first, close all applications that you don’t need open. You should do this in the Control Panel, if you don’t have Control Panel. Then open the start menu, right click on Computer, and select Manage. You should see a similar dialog with your current security level. Click the Customize button to enable various options.

Then if you select to monitor applications, you’ll see a notification window telling you which applications are running and what their security levels are. To monitor network services and applications, select the appropriate checkboxes to turn them on.

You’ll see additional notifications when you’re connected to a network, and they’ll also prompt you if you want to monitor more information. When you click the yellow text that says “Yes, I want to monitor more information about my network”, you can expand the options. You can monitor the name and version of your Windows operating system, your network types, as well as the domains, hosts, and users that are using your computer.

To monitor network traffic, select the Check for New Traffic Checkbox and click the Enable checkbox. This will check for new network traffic and display the IP address and port number for any TCP connections as well as its current status.

And when you log on to the network, select the Log on Screen menu and select Monitor this connection for New Information option to monitor new network information. This is a great way to identify new security attacks or see if you have an active firewall.

If you want to do a little more detailed configuration, select the Advanced Settings button and select from the dropdown menu Network Protected Access (PAC). This option will allow you to allow users to log on and perform tasks on the network without knowing their network security levels. If you allow non-administrators on the network to log on and perform tasks, then you can set up a firewalled network without the need to patch all of the vulnerable applications and protocols.