Staying Safe Online – CyberSecurity Checklist

3 years ago | by Chris O'Brien

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For most of us, the internet is a must use tool for our day-to-day business. We can shop, bank, research, work, collaborate and connect wherever and whenever we need. Unfortunately the online world also gives cyber criminals the perfect opportunity to steal money, data or your identity. We’ve put together some ways to stay safe when surfing online, emailing, banking or using a mobile device. If you’re unsure or would like corporate training just give us a call.

Exploring the web is a hugely enjoyable activity for many people and businesses. However, this enjoyment may be spoiled by drive-by downloads, one of the most dangerous threats on the net today. These downloads occur when you visit a compromised website and often install themselves without notification on your computer or mobile device. Here’s three ways to keep your safe while surfing online.

  • Try to minimise visiting unknown websites and avoid clicking on sensational offers through ‘clickbait’.
  • Look for the “https” padlock symbol in the browser address bar when visiting websites.
  • Manually type website addresses into your browser’s address bar instead of searching via a search engine if possible.

Working with council and businesses such as utilities online has enabled people to save time and effort. However, criminals are seeking to exploit these relationships to steal money and personal information. A common method of doing so is to use phishing scams. These scams attempt to trick you into giving out information such as your bank account numbers, passwords/phrases and credit card numbers. Our top tip while emailing is:

  • When you receive an email, consider who is emailing you and what they are asking you to do. If you are suspicious about the email, call the business using contact details obtained from a website or other legitimate source.

Online Finances and Payments
Banking online is pretty standard in 2019, however, criminals are keen to steal your online details so they can empty your bank accounts. They use a variety of way to do this, such as malicious code to exploit vulnerabilities in outdated or unpatched software to capture information. Below are 5 pro tips while banking online.

  • Access your bank’s website by typing the address directly into your browser.
  • Keep your computer up-to-date with anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software.
  • Use the security measures recommended by your bank, such as MFA.
  • Always log out of the internet banking menu and closing your browser when you have completed a session.
  • Deal primarily with trusted and reliable online retailers.

On your Phone and Tablet
People today can use mobile devices to connect, shop, research and complete other tasks any time from any location. However, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are small portable computers. Just like your computer at home they can be hacked, infected with a virus and, if unsecured, provide access to your personal information. 4 ways to protect yourself is to”

  • Set a password/phrase or PIN that must be entered to unlock the device.
  • Install reputable security software.
  • Use the most up-to-date operating systems.
  • Use Multi-Factor Authentication

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