Keeping your computer free of viruses and other malware is a crucial part of running a business

Not all use of the internet is safe. Your organisation’s computers may become infected with viruses and other malware if you are the victim of an online scam, if you download illegitimate software or if you visit a malicious and untrustworthy website.
If your organisation’s computers are infected with malware, it can be a blow to your productivity. You may lose revenue if you cannot operate while computers are taken out of action, or you could lose whole projects and have to start them again.
The consequences of picking up malware can extend beyond just you and your organisation—it could become an issue of protecting your customers. Some types of malware can steal data from you, including personal information about your customers, donors or supporters.
Staying safe online
There are online resources that may help you keep your computer secure from online threats.
The resources include:
Stay Smart Online
You can sign up for cybersecurity alerts from Stay Smart Online via Facebook and via email . These alerts provide a range of important updates, including news about online threats and vulnerabilities.
This is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that helps consumers and small businesses recognise, avoid and report scams.
Securing your wireless network
It is important to make sure that your organisation’s internal wireless network (commonly known as wi-fi), is well secured. This can help prevent unauthorised interception of your data.