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Keeping Yourself Safe from Cyber Attacks

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 7:55am | by Helen Hoart

Stolen passwords, files being held for ransom and identities being stolen are all part of the new world of cyber thieves and cyber attacks.

Here are some tips from Kaspersky, a cybersecurity company:

  • ·         Back up your files daily even if only to USB drive, so you won’t be held up for ransom if a nasty program called CryptoLock infects your computer.
  • ·         Don’t click on links you receive from unknown senders (by emails or in social media networks)
  • ·         Don’t download, open and keep unknown files on your device
  • ·         Don’t use open unsecured (public) Wi-Fi networks for any transactions. Use open VPN traffic encryption
  • ·         Always double-check the webpage before entering any of your credentials or confidential information – phishing sites are deliberately designed to look authentic.
  • ·         When sharing personal information, work only with websites with the ‘https’ prefix; they are more secure than those with ‘http’
  • ·         Make sure you have up-to-date anti-malware protection installed
  • ·         If you don’t have any Security Software installed, there are a number of companies that offer security protection for your computer.
  • ·         Don’t forget to use the same protection when using your mobile/tablet device for any transactions.

These cyber threats are real.  Make sure you take steps to protect yourself. 

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