Three things to do today to make your business safer from online criminals

Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Today, we’re focusing our three tips regarding viruses. To save your company from losing time, money and reputation to malware, it’s worth taking just a couple of minutes to do the following:

1. Update your antivirus software

If your computer became infected with a virus, an up-to-date and trustworthy antivirus programme would notify you so that you could cleanse your device and keep your files safe from criminals. If this happens, you can follow the guidance we’ve published this week on what to do if your phone or laptop is infected with a virus:

2. Back up your phone

If a criminal gained access to your device by installing malware (a kind of virus), you would almost certainly need to wipe your phone or computer to make it safe to use again. If you had backed up your files, there would be no harm done. If you hadn’t, you could lose vital documents, messages and records. If your device allows, turn on automatic back-ups today.

3. Educate your team about viruses

Criminals are exploiting homeworking practice and our increase in internet time as a result of the pandemic: cyber crime is on the rise with scams becoming more convincing. Don’t be caught out! Read and send the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)’s guidance on “spotting suspicious messages” to your colleagues today to help reduce the possibility of cyber crime in your business.

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