Dis­close at Your Own Risk

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy -

How else can you en­hance your cy­ber se­cu­rity? We glean tips from Shirley Wong, co-chair of the Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Aware­ness Al­liance. LIMIT THE PER­SONAL DATA YOU PRO­VIDE. When a per­son or web­site re­quests such in­for­ma­tion, ask your­self if it’s stan­dard prac­tice. When in doubt, check first. And limit the per­sonal data you post on net­work­ing sites and fo­rums. NEVER SEND SEN­SI­TIVE IN­FOR­MA­TION VIA E-MAIL OR AN IN­STANT MES­SAG­ING SYS­TEM. This in­cludes credit card num­bers and bank ac­count de­tails. If you re­ceive such re­quests, ver­ify the au­then­tic­ity of the con­tact, then pro­vide the data di­rectly – via phone or in per­son. BE MIND­FUL OF YOUR EN­VI­RON­MENT. Look out for peo­ple near you when you type in your PIN at an ATM, en­ter your credit card num­ber while shop­ping on­line, or key in your lo­gin cre­den­tials on­line. Look­ing over some­one’s shoul­der to pick up sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion is a method still used by cy­ber crim­i­nals. DON’T SHARE SEN­SI­TIVE IN­FOR­MA­TION WHILE US­ING A PUBLIC COM­PUTER OR AN UN­SE­CURED WIRE­LESS CON­NEC­TION. Don’t log in to bank­ing and credit card sites or make on­line pur­chases dur­ing those ses­sions. Carry out fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions at home on a se­cure net­work. PASS­WORD-PRO­TECT ALL YOUR GAD­GETS. Use strong pass­words to make USE A PER­SONAL FIRE­WALL. Fire­wall soft­ware hides your com­put­ers from hack­ers, gives you con­trol over all In­ter­net traf­fic on your com­puter and au­to­mat­i­cally blocks in­trud­ers who may try to get at sen­si­tive data. USE ANTI-VIRUS AND ANTI-SPY­WARE SOFT­WARE. Up­date them reg­u­larly. Anti-virus soft­ware protects your com­puter and data from mal­ware (such as viruses, worms and Tro­jan horses). Anti-spy­ware soft­ware will pre­vent cy­ber thieves from mon­i­tor­ing your web-surf­ing habits. DON’T OPEN AN UN­KNOWN E-MAIL OR IN­STANT MES­SAGE AT­TACH­MENT. Un­less you know who sent it and what’s in­side, don’t open it. Make sure your anti-virus soft­ware scans both e-mail and in­stant mes­sage at­tach­ments.

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