Quick Cyber Tips To Follow

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Most of the cybercriminals we find today do not discriminate in the kind of attacks they conduct. The computers they target aren’t always necessarily part of any governmental agency and as long as the computer is vulnerable, it can be prone to attack by such criminals. Thus, cybercriminals can attack any government whether it belongs to any Fortune 500 company, a small business or perhaps even the computer belonging to a home owner. There are however steps which can be taken to reduce the chances of such an incident occurring with you.

  1. Make sure to make use of strong passwords and make sure to change them on a regular basis and not to share them with anyone, not even someone close

  2. Do not make use of information as your password which can easily be guessed by anyone hence your child’s name, your pets name or any other such easily known information shouldn’t be used as a password

  3. Try not to make use of words or phrases which are common to create passwords. Instead, try to break up the words or phrases by inserting numbers, symbols or punctuations in between them so they can’t be easily deciphered

  4. Make use of upper and lower case letters together in your password

  5. Make sure to install updates for any software, operating system or browser that you are making use of

  6. Make sure to engage in dialogue with people who are close to you regarding internet safety

  7. Make use of privacy settings while at the same limiting the amount of private information you post on the internet

  8. Be careful about any offers you may come across online; most of the time when they seem too good to be true, it probably is a scam

The nature, timing or the extent of cyber incidents are quite impossible to predict. All one can do is report the incident if they have been a victim. The following are some steps to follow in case you need help to respond and recover from such an incident.

Immediate actions: make sure that the software on your computer is up to date; run a scan to ensure no malicious software has infected your computer and if you still find a problem, disconnect your computer from the internet and perform a system restore.

While at home: disconnect your computer from the internet to prevent any attacker or virus from accessing your computer; update the antivirus you have installed on your computer and perform manual scans; make sure to install the required patches as well needed to fix any vulnerability.

While at work: get in touch with your company’s IT department immediately; if you feel some sensitive information about the company may have been released, make sure to inform the appropriate individuals who can look into the matter.

While at a public place: when at a school library for instance, the best thing to do would be to inform anyone who may be in charge and at the same time contact the IT department at once.

Once these actions have been taken according to whichever is suitable, the proper authorities should also be notified. A report should be filed with the local authorities while online fraud or crime can be reported to the United States Secret Service (USSS) Electronic Crimes Task Force or Internet Crime Complaint Center. Identity theft or consumer fraud can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission.

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