Online Security Tips (You Should Know!)

Protecting online safety is no harder than the steps you take in other aspects of your life to safeguard yourself.

  • Remember – “Once posted, always posted”
  • Remember the best Defence is Defence in Depth – take a layered approach.
  • Current Statistics show >70% of total time on digital media is now mobile accounts.
  • Phishing – social media use to obtain personal details/sensitive data and have them click on malicious links. Do not do the Facebook Personality quiz, Movie Star Quiz etc they are just “data gatherers”.
  • As Email platforms become more secure, social media is the good alternative for social engineering and data gathering so we need to stay secure. There is a lot of increased focus on them from people with bad intent.
  • Enable two factor authentication on your social media apps– it’s an extra layer of security and is very effective. Also make sure you use strong password solutions – not pets name, kids name etc as it can be gleaned of social media. You should have a separate password for each account.
  • Ideally use a separate email address just for setting up social media accounts.
  • Don’t “click to remember password” when prompted on your devices as that lessens your security.
  • Don’t use public Wi-Fi. Use your phone hotspot instead. If you can’t do that, VPN.
  • Close social media accounts you aren’t using. They can get compromised without being noticed then hackers leverage/info off them.
  • Check what apps are connected to your social media – how many apps have you used face book or Instagram to sign into??
  • Password Hygiene – follow standards. Different password for each platform and make each password complex.
  • Keep apps updated – latest versions of apps and browsers have the latest security patches so its important to keep them current.
  • Watch your mailbox – check for rogue links – social engineering.
  • Block spammers – don’t just ignore them. Report them as spam so it can be monitored. Report to Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) if this occurs.
  • Always log out of internet banking menu’s and close the browser when completed session.
  • Secure home and office Wi-Fi. WPA2 encryption on the router. Turn Firewall on your computer (Windows and MacOS have built in Firewall). Encrypt your hard drive (Windows and MacOS have built in disk encryption).
  • Turn off location sharing with Apps on your phone.- Settings – Privacy – Location Services. This saves locations when you take pictures in the photo metadata (settings – privacy – location services – camera (remove location metadata). Check on Photo App – Albums – Places. Mobile phone is a mobile tracking device.
  • Delete/uninstall programs you don’t use. Each program is like a window in a house.
  • Post holiday photos when you get home not “we are here today” as that translates to “our home is unoccupied”.

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