Simple Advice to Keep You and Those Closest To You Safe from Cyber Threats
Woburn, MA – October 5, 2010–We’ve
all received bad links, virus-infested emails, and phishing theft attempts, but
most of these attacks weren’t sent to us directly by cybercriminals, they were
passed on to us by our friends, family, and those we befriend online. The
people you interact with directly affect each other’s security…don’t be the
weak link by clicking on a bad link! During this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness MonthKaspersky
Lab, leading software
provider of Internet security software to keep consumers safe from cyber
threats, is helping you take a stand. All month, we’re encouraging users
to educate themselves and those around them about the importance of protecting
each other against cybercrime.
Kaspersky Lab is
teaming up with Monica Vila, The Online Mom, to help spread
awareness. She is a real mom with real concerns who advocates that
educating your community is the best way to prevent cybercrime.
to the FBI, in 2009, the total dollar loss from all cases of fraud was $559.7
million. What does $560 million mean? A city's budget? The cost to light up Las
Vegas? This dollar amount included identity theft, credit card fraud, spam and
computer damage, among others. And that is just the reported amount – imagine how many others are taken advantage of
and never report it.
Quotes: Monica Vila, The Online Mom
“Online safety is
not just about you anymore…it’s about you AND your community. If your friends
aren’t educated and protected, neither are you. Much like it takes a village to
raise a child; it takes a smart village to keep everyone safe, especially
online. Parents need to be aware of the essential steps they should take to
keep their kids safe online. Talk about online security with their kids and make
sure they understand the risks involved if they aren't responsible online. Let’s
all get savvy!”
Simple Advice for Users - If you live online, your life depends on these tips: 1. Got
may seem like a no brainer, but security software is the new “black”. It helps
you stay fully protected against malware, spyware, hackers and identity theft.
And don’t forget to perform regular updates and scans.
Strong passwords include 8-14 upper & lower case characters and numbers. Be
sure to avoid any words that are in the dictionary—they’re too easy for
attackers to guess.
that random program you downloaded to watch the funny video Aunt Sally sent?
You probably haven’t updated that program since you watched, but guess what?
That one program if left on its own could leave your system vulnerable to
is your friend.
Current versions of Windows include a firewall that helps prevent malicious
traffic from reaching your PC. Turn it on and leave it on.
with care. If
you’re checking your email or talking over IM, make it a practice to avoid
clicking on links in messages from people you don’t know. These links could
lead you to a malicious website or even download malware onto your machine.
Safe Online Shopping.
When you’re going to buy those new killer shoes or the latest toy for your tyke,
make sure you purchase from a reputable online retailer. You should also look
for a URL that starts with "https" and has the lock symbol when
entering your credit card information.
now we’ve probably all gotten a bad link or two sent to us over our favorite
social network. Utilize your social network’s security settings to their
optimum level. Do you really need to display every detail about your life?
your privates, private!
A good rule of thumb: Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want to see on the front
page of your local newspaper! This includes your personal phone number, email
address and street address—or your vacation plans.
Most Internet Service Providers & security software programs have anti-spam
technologies. The spam blocker will help prevent fraudulent emails from showing
up in your Inbox.
10. Be careful where you
Open wireless networks are called “open” for a reason: anyone can connect,
including attackers. If you have to use one, make sure you use VPN software to
protect yourself from other people who want to see your wireless traffic.
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