Three things you can do to protect your small business from malware

Malware (malicious software) is software or web content that can harm your organisation. The most common forms of malware are known as viruses: self-copying programs that infect legitimate software. Here are three simple steps you can follow to help prevent malware attacks:

1. Set up antivirus software – this is often included for free within popular operating systems and should be used on all computers and laptops. Smartphones and tablets may require a different approach for setting up antivirus. Always check manufacturer guidelines and always keep the software up to date.

2. Control the usage of USB drives and memory cards – it only takes one user to inadvertently plug in an infected USB stick to devastate a business. When drives and cards are openly shared it can become hard to track what they contain, where they may have been and who has used them.

3. Prevent your staff from downloading potentially dodgy apps – apps should only be downloaded from manufacturer-approved stores (such as Google Play or the Apple App Store). These apps are checked to provide a certain level of protection from malware. Staff accounts should only be given enough access required to perform their role.

For further information about cyber security for your business or to discuss training needs for your team contact a member of the NEBRC team.