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Defending Your Mission: A Guide to Cybersecurity for Charities

In today's digital world, ensuring the safety of your charity's sensitive information and preserving the trust of your supporters is crucial. Cybersecurity tools are an important component for maintaining a secure online environment. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we are here to introduce you to some popular cybersecurity tools that can give your charity the confidence and protection it needs to continue making a difference.

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Antivirus and Anti-malware Software

These tools proactively protect your devices and data from potential threats, such as viruses, malware, or phishing attempts.

1. Avast

Offering a free version specifically for non-profit organisations and an easy-to-navigate interface, Avast is a popular antivirus choice that provides real-time protection.

2. Norton

Norton is known for its comprehensive security features, including antivirus, anti-malware, anti-ransomware, and anti-phishing protection, making it a robust option for your charity's cybersecurity needs.


Firewalls work as a virtual barrier, protecting your charity's network from unauthorised access and malicious traffic.

1. ZoneAlarm

A user-friendly firewall solution, ZoneAlarm has a free version available and emphasises simplicity while providing effective protection.

2. GlassWire

GlassWire monitors network activity and alerts you to potential threats, enabling you to act swiftly and maintain the security of your charity's digital environment.

Secure Password Management

Strong, unique passwords are essential for maintaining security. Password managers make it simple to store and manage these passwords safely.

1. LastPass

LastPass securely stores all your passwords, allowing you to use complex combinations without needing to remember each individually. This password manager also offers a discounted non-profit pricing plan.

2. Dashlane

Dashlane is another secure password management system offering an intuitive interface, making it simple for your charity to adopt best practices in password security.

VPN (Virtual Private Network) Services

VPNs create a secure connection between your device and the internet, providing an added layer of security for sensitive data and remote work situations.

1. NordVPN

NordVPN offers a secure and fast VPN service with a user-friendly interface, ensuring your charity's online activities remain private and secure.

2. ExpressVPN

With a focus on privacy and security, ExpressVPN features a simple set-up process and reliable connectivity, helping to protect your charity's digital presence.

Remember that maintaining your charity's cybersecurity is an ongoing process that requires vigilance. Selecting the right tools is just the first step - educating your team on best practices, and staying informed about potential threats is equally critical.

At CITA, we are here to assist UK-based charities in understanding the importance of cybersecurity and finding the right tools that best suit their unique requirements. We pride ourselves on connecting you with skilled volunteers and providing independent advice. It's not merely about implementing cybersecurity measures; it's about empowering your charity to operate confidently and securely in the digital realm, thereby enabling you to focus on your mission and the meaningful impact you create.

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