[SingCERT] Tips to Stay Safe Online in 2018

Published on Friday, 29 December 2017 15:45

[Background]

In 2017, major cyber incidents such as the WannaCry ransomware attack, Equifax hack, Uber data breach and multiple phishing scams were found to have affected millions of people worldwide. Singapore has also experienced its fair share of cyber incidents such as local data breaches and various phishing scams involving fake Government websites which have resulted in victims incurring monetary losses and their personal data compromised. To avoid falling prey to cyber criminals, practising good cyber hygiene will help safeguard our devices and information.

As 2018 approaches, SingCERT would like to advise readers on the following to stay safe online in the new year:

[Recommendations]

  1. Visit https://haveibeenpwned.com to check if your account has been compromised in a data breach.

    • Reset your password for the affected account if you have not done so.
    • Choose a password of at least eight alphanumeric characters consisting of both upper and lower cases as well as symbols.
    • Do not set any password that is related to your personal information (name, birthdate, etc).
    • Do not use the same password across accounts.
  2. Back up your data to safeguard against cyber threats such as ransomware.

    • Perform regular data backup of your files to an external storage device.
    • Secure the external storage device in a locked cabinet, drawer or safe when not in use.

  3. Patch the Operating System of your computing devices to reduce the risk of malware infections

  4. Do not click on suspicious or unknown email links or attachments.

  5. Refrain from giving out personal information and banking details on suspicious-looking websites. Readers should always verify and validate the authenticity of the website by carefully inspecting the URL and/or by checking the website URL against known malicious or phishing website databases by using online tools such as VirusTotal, Norton Safe Web or Google Transparency Report.

SingCERT wishes everyone a Happy New Year!