- Don’t open an email that is from someone unknown
Phishing emails can have malware attached which can cause damage without having to download the attachment. These are called drive-by downloads which are malicious programs that install to your devices – without your consent. In some cases, a drive-by download might disguise itself as a standard system update or another harmless “yes/ no” question, and even the most cyber-savvy among us can be fooled. For this reason, it’s a good idea to refrain from opening any emails from addresses you don’t know.
- Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication requires you to verify your identity after you have logged in using your username and password. In some cases, you will be asked to verify your identity by entering a code sent by text to your phone or by email. Other times, you will have to answer a security question. It may take you a couple of extra seconds to log in to your accounts, but it can make it less likely that other people will be able to log into your accounts, too.
- Don’t click on strange-looking links
Viruses and other forms of malware often spread because you click on a link from someone you know. If you receive a link that looks strange (for instance, it may have typos in it) from a trusted friend or family member, contact them to ask if the link you have received was sent on purpose. If you don’t want to wait for a response from your friend or family member, copy and paste the link into a reputable link checker. But remember: Don’t click on the link!
- Avoid using unsecured public Wi-Fi
Try to avoid accessing unsecured public Wi-Fi on your devices. Using it can make you vulnerable to predatory practices. And if you must use it, avoid entering compromising information, like your financial information. Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network), to do your browsing when you are not at home. This will encrypt the data you send and receive, making it much harder to intercept.
- Be smart with financial information
Be mindful of where you enter information like your credit card number online. Before you purchase anything on a website make sure that your connection is safe. Don’t purchase anything from a website that doesn’t ensure the safety of your information. Also, you should think twice about saving your financial information to websites you buy from, even if you shop with them frequently. Storing your information on their site could make it easier for hackers to access in the event that the company’s website or network suffers a data breach.
- Educate your family
You can be taking all the right precautions on your home security network, but if your family and other people using your network are not doing their part to keep everything secure, your efforts will not be enough.
Make sure that everyone who regularly uses your network knows how to help keep it secure, including kids who can learn about cyber safety, too.
We trust our blogs and tips on online safety in support of Safer Internet Day in collaboration with the Online Safety Commission this week has generated awareness to better understand the dangers that lurk in the virtual world and how to best secure yourself online giving with an insight on how to deal with online threats, cyberbullying and much more.