It is our shared responsibility to protect our data and information online. If you connect, you must protect. That’s a fact and no excuses.
This month is the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCAM). And inline with NCSA’s (National Cyber Security Alliance), we want to extend our support in promoting security awareness to you so that you’ll have a safer and more secure online experience.
The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2019) emphasises personal accountability and stresses the importance of proactively taking steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This includes understanding digital privacy, security best practices, and cyber threats.
Your Social Media Responsibility
Your data is your own and you should be responsible in guarding it at all costs. Never click and tell. “Click and Tell” is very common in social media. Therefore, be mindful in what you share and do online.
Always remember, there is no “Delete” button on the internet.
Social media platforms have a number of security settings that protects your privacy. Make sure to read, understand, and apply them to your account. For example, enabling 2FA (2 factor authentication), or not posting your email address or phone publicly.
Connect only with people you trust, report any instances of cyberbullying and suspicious or harassing activity.
Defend yourself against Identity Theft and Internet Scams
We’ve already reached to a point where we can connect to the world with a click, i.e., controlling TVs, homes, cars, or banking and shopping from our smartphones. But, alongside these added convenience, also comes an increased risk of identity theft and internet scams. Hence, it is essential for you to identify these threats. We’ve talked about that here.
Identity theft is the illegal acquisition and use of someone else’s personal information to obtain money or credit. We’ve talked about that here.
Imposter scams are those emails reaching into your inbox or those unknown phone calls from someone claiming to be a government official, family member, or a friend suggesting personal or financial information.
Debt collection scams are those when cybercriminals attempt to collect on a fraudulent debt.
To get more information and resources about Cybersecurity, please visit NICCS (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers nd Studies) website here. Or, you can also click the whitepaper links below for some of the practical tips from NCSAM.
- Security tips when Travelling
- Security tips on Online Privacy
- Social Media Cybersecurity
- Internet of things
Stay safe and secure!