COVID-19 has changed the way we work, shop and trade. A lot of businesses are taking advantage of their online presence. We understand that you need your business to operate at all alert levels. To do so safely, we have compiled three top tips on how to protect yourself and your clients from online scams and malware.

Protect your website

To enhance security on your website, you should install a SSL certificate or similar. This will encrypt information going between the site and the user’s computer. Make sure your passwords for your website and social media log ins are strong and unique. Don’t use the same password for every account.

Cert New Zealand are looking out for Kiwi’s cyber security and have compiled a checklist for securing your business website:

https://www.cert.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Secure-Your-Business-website-top-tips-checklist-RGB-Web.pdf

Working from home safely

With COVID-19 restrictions, many employees are still working from home. Be sure work gets backed up regularly and staff are only using secured Wi-Fi networks. A “Work at home policy” should include guidance and regulations on cyber security. For example programs that can be downloaded may be restricted. Staff should update their passwords regularly and choose unique and strong passwords.

Be vigilant when shopping & trading online

Online shopping and trading have increased significantly over the last few months. Here are a few key points to shop and trade safely:

  • Keep antivirus protection up to date
  • Check bank and credit card statements regularly for unusual activity
  • Take a look at customer reviews
  • Use only trusted payment systems e.g. PayPal
  • Use strong, unique passwords for accounts

If in doubt, let a second pair of eyes take a look.

Any issues with online safety can be reported to Cert NZ here.

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