Learning to say no – stay digitally secure

Think, before you click!!

Click responsibly!

When is the last time we said YES!!

Was it when we opted for a popular app on  a social networking site or when we downloaded the latest toolbar on our browser which promised us a whole new experience or maybe it was the app which said “download me now and I will make everything work like magic!”
Many of us click on end-user agreements, say yes to any software that we want without reading the agreement, because we want to get on with our work and games.

On a popular social media site, we usually like to play a game or two, and so we click on the button and then we cast a glance at the next screen that says “All your details will be passed on to THE-GAME” and within a flash we have clicked “ALLOW” without even thinking about the line, by the time the reality of the message has reached our brain it is too late.

We open attachments in emails before reading its contents or reading the title which says it is SPAM, or we think it has come from a friend so it must be good safe to read. Remember, your friend did the same and within seconds their email account was compromised, and now when you open that attachment so will yours and those in your address book. Would you like your friends to be spammed and their information compromised?

You could be an innocent victim of e-Espionage, contribute to the spam that is out there or may be an unwilling suspect in an eCrime. If we pay attention to cyber-security we can win the game of staying safe in cyberspace.

Weren’t you warned before?? Look before you leap!!!

  1. Be aware, check what links you click on.
  2. If you are not sure about the software that you are downloading do a quick check about it on your favourite search engine.
  3. Clean up your phone for apps that are not in use, do it now before your address book is hacked or your phone becomes a listening device.
  4. Avoid the use of pirated/cracked software on your machines.
  5. Make sure that your Operating System and the applications are patched with the latest updates and the firmware is updated on the same day itself. Set a schedule, zero-day exploits make you vulnerable if your patching schedule is every 30 days.
  6. Invest in a personal firewall/antivirus software and keep it updated!!

Say No!!! to YES!

Further reading
Stuxnet, Flame just the tip of the weapons-grade malware iceberg