2019 is globally recognized as Cybersecurity year: a time to raise awareness and improve education about cyber threats, as well as promote the work being done to facilitate better management and prevention of cyberattacks.
Not many of us would leave our houses or cars unlocked or valuables unattended but when it comes to information we tend to be less careful.
In most hacking scandals, many of the victims left their passwords on the factory default settings (password), which made it easy for hackers. It shows we need to be more careful with information about ourselves and the ones we manage for others.
This is what you need to know about information security, we store important information on our phones, computers, tablets etc. yet we don’t treat the devices housing the information with care. What if this information gets into the wrong hands? We are faced with embarrassment, inconvenience, public scandal, and dismissal. Information security is about being more aware of the risks we are taking. Your personal information may seem unimportant to you but to a criminal it might just be a key to success.
First line of defense
- Don’t make your password easy to guess, use at least 8 characters with no dictionary words, combine Upper & lower case, numbers & special characters. 2. Change immediately should someone finds out because, you’ll be liable for actions from your account. 3. Never share your password with anyone. 4. Avoid writing down your password 5. Avoid using your Email passwords on social media, shopping sites, banks or across other sites. 6. Old passwords run the risk of compromise. Change them regularly. 7. Do not open mail attachments from untrusted senders. 8. Do not install pirated, unapproved or unlicensed software on your computer 9. Ensure your contacts are who they say they are before trusting with your information 10. Limit the handful of personal information, interests and dealings you post on Internet. 11. Encrypt [encode] sensitive data on all your devices. 12. Never for once let your laptop be out of sight 13. A regular Update of antivirus on your laptop.
NOTE: When using your ATM cards online, ensure that the https:// is available. Credit card is the prime target of criminals so ensure the person behind you isn’t watching while putting your code.