Get Savvy. Stay Safe.

30 Sep 2010

While the risk from online threats and attacks continues to grow, if you follow some simple tips, listed below, you can minimize your chance of being exposed to these threats. Surfing the web should be enjoyable. Be savvy and stay safe online.

How can I help my children stay safe online?
Children can be just as vulnerable online as they are in the real world and it's important to help educate and protect them. There are things you can do to minimize the chance of them being exposed to these dangers.

• Talk to your children about the potential dangers they face online.
• If possible, locate your computer in a family room and try to make the computer a shared family experience.
• Encourage your children to talk to you about anything they experience online that upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable.
• Provide guidelines on what they may, or may not, do. 
• Restrict the content that can be accessed from your computer with parental controls available in most Internet security software.

How can I protect myself and family from malware and hacker attacks?

There are several steps you can take to protect your computer from today’s cyber threats.

• Install Internet security software.
• Install security patches regularly.
• Don't open a file in an email if you don't know who it's from.
• Backup your data.

How can I protect myself and family from phishing attacks?

• Don’t disclose personal information in response to an e-mail message.
• Don’t click on links in HTML e-mails to get to a web site. 
• Don’t complete a form asking for personal information in an e-mail. 
• Check your bank accounts regularly (including debit and credit cards, bank statements, etc.), to make sure you can account for all the transactions. 
• Be suspicious of any e-mail that is not addressed to you personally.
• Be suspicious if you’re not the only recipient.
• Be suspicious of spelling mistakes, poor grammar or syntax and other clumsy use of language.

Say no to spam. Follow these tips and reduce the amount of spam you receive.

• Don’t respond to spam e-mails. 
• Don’t click on ‘Unsubscribe’ links in spam e-mails.
• Use multiple e-mail addresses. 
• Make your private e-mail address difficult to guess. 
• Avoid publishing your private address anywhere public.

Does it matter what password I use?

• Don’t use obvious passwords that can be easily guessed, such as your spouse’s name, your child’s name, pet's name, car registration, postcode etc.
• Don’t use real words that a hacker or cyber criminal can find in a dictionary.
• Use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase, numbers and non-alpha-numeric characters such as punctuation marks.
• If possible, use a passphrase, rather than a single word.
• Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.
• Use a tool like Kaspersky Password Manager to securely and conveniently store all of your passwords and personal data, and quickly log onto web sites.