4 tips to protecting your business from malware

You might have seen recently in the Lincolnshire Echo the story about a man receiving a message on his phone apparently from Lincolnshire Police, threatening him into paying £200. The message, which contained the Lincolnshire Police’s logo, was caused by Malware and could have potentially stolen this man’s money.

What is malware?

Malware, or ‘malicious software’, is software that has been designed to gain access or damage a computer or device without the knowledge of the user.

Types of malware include:

  • Worms
  • Spyware
  • Keyloggers
  • Malicious coding

The creation of malware is considered to be on the rise due to the amount of money being made from cyber crime. It is said that new malicious software is being created daily.

It is important that your business has the right protection in place to prevent malware from infecting your electronic devices and that your employees know what they need to do to stop malware from infecting their computers.

Here are 4 tips in protecting your business from malware:

  1. Don’t download anything you don’t 100% trust

Be wary of downloading any software from websites that are full of advertisements, or list programs as free as they are likely to be fake. Only download programs from corporate or respectable websites, and if you are not sure, ask for advice from your IT support.

  1. Be careful what you click on

When browsing the Internet, be mindful about banners and pop up advertisements as these may contain harmful content. The same is said about emails. If someone who you don’t know sends you an email with an attachment, do not download or open it.

  1. Update Windows when it asks you to

If Windows asks you to update, it is important that you do so when prompted. Some updates include important security patches that can help patch any security gaps in your operating system or software.

  1. Have up-to-date security software

It is recommended that you always run an up-to-date security software (from a trusted source) that includes anti-virus, spyware and firewall. This will help ensure your computer remains protected if some malicious software does accidently make its way onto your computer.