Protective Measures for Your Online Activity
17 Oct 2011
Our latest infographic provides a practical advice on how to increase your online security from cyber criminals. Follow these to increase the security level of your personal information, data and systems. If you're having trouble reading the text of the infograph, it is also listed below the image.
We all learn at a very young age to analyze – either consciously or unconsciously – other people's body language and intonation. Research shows that about 60% of the time we pay more attention to a person's body language than what they are actually saying, and we use this information to draw conclusions about how truthful a speaker is being. These conclusions are vital in helping us avoid falling victim to scammers, fraudsters or anyone else trying to manipulate us. But fraud and deception aren't just a threat in real life - a whole range of virtual scams has been increasing significantly on the Internet for some time now. This means we have to take a new approach to evaluating possible threats; there's no body language or intonation involved in email or social networks, and generally we only have text and graphics to guide us. So does this mean that we can no longer rely on gut instinct?
This would appear to be the case, at least on the face of things. However, the Internet does offer other aspects which can be interpreted and compensate for the gut instinct we feel is lacking; however, for this to work, we need to learn what to watch out for. Cybercriminals and scammers are unlikely to reinvent the wheel, so once you've encountered a scam or threat once, and have learnt that it is a scam, you can use this information in the future.
"Human Side" SecurityTips
- Use common sense: “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”
- Bear in mind that any data you post on social networks could become one day public; only post information you’d be comfortable sharing with everyone if this happens
- Never click on links in emails - always use bookmarks or type URLs manually into the address bar of your browser
- Use strong passwords consisting of more than eight characters, numbers and symbols; also, use different ones for every web service
"Technical Side" Security Tips
- Keep your system up-to-date:
- Operating system
- Third-party software
- Use an up-to-date and effective AV-solution