Live Savvy Tips
11 February 2017
Prevention is key in the fight against cyber threats. Practising good cyber hygiene will ensure that we keep our devices and our information safe. By doing so, we are taking responsibility for our cybersecurity and doing our part to create a safer cyberspace for everyone. Here are 10 simple tips you can do today to live savvy with cybersecurity.
- Use strong passwords and enable 2FA where possible.
Ensure that your passwords consist of a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. For an extra layer of security, enable 2FA for your accounts when available.
- Be smart when assessing information online.
Always check the source of your information, whether it is reliable or trustworthy, and cross-check against other reliable sources to verify whether it is indeed a fact and not just an opinion.
- Stop and think before you click on links or attachments.
Cyber criminals use links and email attachments to install viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Even if the sender is a friend, relative or colleague, their devices could be infected without their knowing. Exercise caution before opening any attachment or links on emails, social networking sites or messaging apps.
- Keep your security software up-to-date.
Up-to-date security software is vital in defending your devices against the latest malware. You should also enable your computer’s firewall to protect your computer from unauthorised access over the Internet.
- Install a mobile security app.
Install a mobile security app that scans every app you download for malware and spyware, and protects you from unsafe websites. They are not costly and do not take up much storage space.
- Only download software and apps from official websites and app stores.
Software and apps from unofficial sources may come bundled with malware, while software and apps from official sources undergo strict reviews by security experts, thereby reducing the chances of malware infections.
- Back up information stored in your computer.
Back up important data to external storage devices (such as flash drives or external hard disks) regularly to ensure that your data will always be available in the event of a hard disk failure or if your computer becomes compromised. Remember to scan your external storage devices first – it is not as time consuming as you think.
- Do not perform online transactions on shared devices, and over unsecured Wi-Fi.
Shared or public computing devices can be potentially infected with malware, allowing others to retrieve your credit card information. You should also avoid using unsecured Wi-Fi networks as cyber criminals can capture information passing through them, including your bank credentials.
- Watch out for online purchase scams.
Don’t always trust online advertisements. Always bear in mind that the online party is a stranger so you should check his or her credibility before making payment. Whenever possible, pay only upon delivery of items.
- Keep personal information to yourself.
Don’t share your address, phone number or other personal information online, or use them in your passwords. Don’t reveal your actual location or when you plan to be somewhere.
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