Risks to your
The internet provides great opportunities for
business to reach new markets and more customers
than ever before, but unfortunately, with those
opportunities come some e-security risks. When
online, unwanted intruders can:
• install malicious software such as spyware and
viruses, which can steal sensitive business
information as well as slow down your computer
• intercept financial transactions, steal credit card
details and access customer information
• steal your download limit without your
knowledge and at your cost
• take over your website and modify it
• steal sensitive business information from
your business by using a portable device such
as a USB.
Fortunately there are simple steps you can take to
improve the security of your business when online.
There are some things you need to have, and some
things you need to do.
What you need to have
Just as you have locks and alarms for your business
premises, there are some simple things to install
and activate on your computers to help keep your
business secure online.
Security software can identify and block malicious
software, like viruses, worms, trojans or spyware
attempting to access your computer. Different
packages have different levels of coverage—some
software only blocks viruses, while others offer
more comprehensive protection against a wider
range of threats.
You can buy security software packages from
computer and office supply stores, and many can
be downloaded from the internet.
The most important thing is to keep software
up-to-date, so make sure to switch on ‘auto
updates’ function when you install your software.
A firewall is software that monitors information
going in and out of your computer. It is important
to have a firewall installed to ensure that you can
control what is being installed on your computer.
A firewall may have been installed on your
computer when you bought it. Make sure it’s