Most businesses use the internet at some point to buy, sell or communicate about their services or functions. Below are some useful guidance on how to securely manage your business’ activities online. Anti-virus software Viruses, spyware and other malicious software or malicious code (malware) can stop your computer working properly, delete or corrupt your files, steal information, or allow others to access your computer and your personal or business information. Backing up and restoring Regularly backup the data on your personal computer, phone or tablet to the cloud or to external hard drives. This will protect you from data loss from hardware failures, breakage, theft, or malware infection like ransomware. Browsing the web safely Making the right choices when doing things on the web can make a huge difference to your safety online. Email and texts There are potential risks involved in doing things online, but being aware of the threats and making smart choices can help you reduce the risk. File sharing and sending and receiving data When sharing files with friends and colleagues using the internet, take precautions to ensure files are not infected. Multi-factor authentication Multi-factor authentication is a security measure that requires two or more proofs of identity to grant you access. Online banking, payments and finance You need to protect your passwords for online banking and financial transactions. Wi-Fi - private and public It's easy for information sent using public Wi-Fi access to be intercepted, so you need to be careful about what information you send or receive while connected. Protecting accounts Protecting accounts is the first line of defence to protect your information from cybercriminals. People and procedures key areas Your internal processes and your workforce are the last, and one of the most important lines of defence in protecting your business from cyber security threats. Protect your devices By securing your personal devices you can maintain a positive online experience and get on with the fun stuff. How to dispose of your device securely You should consider that any devices you dispose of could be accessed by strangers.