HOW TO PRO­TECT

The Star Early Edition - - METRO - Maanda Tshi­fu­laro, head of Dialdirect In­sur­ance

THERE were more than 50 mil­lion global cy­ber­at­tacks over the 2017 hol­i­day sea­son. South Africa has the third high­est num­ber of cy­ber­crime vic­tims world­wide – los­ing about R2.2 bil­lion to cy­ber­at­tacks each year.

In the UK, more than a quar­ter of all on­line scams oc­cur over the Christ­mas pe­riod. More South Africans pre­fer to do their fes­tive shop­ping on­line to avoid the mall rush, but this spike in on­line shop­ping marks an ideal hunt­ing ground for cy­ber­crim­i­nals. Con­sumers do­ing their fes­tive shop­ping on­line could be at risk of los­ing up to R70 000 per in­ci­dent to cy­ber­crime ac­cord­ing to IT group Di­men­sion Data.

Re­search by Bar­clays shows that more than a quar­ter of all on­line scams in the UK oc­cur over the Christ­mas pe­riod, while Threat Metrix said there were more than 50 mil­lion global cy­ber­at­tacks over the 2017 hol­i­day sea­son. Trends on lo­cal shores are much the same: ac­cord­ing to the SA Bank­ing Risk In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, South Africa has the third high­est num­ber of cy­ber­crime vic­tims world­wide, los­ing about R2.2bn a year to cy­ber­at­tacks. TO PRO­TECT YOUR­SELF AGAINST CY­BER­CRIME: ◆ Read about cy­ber­crime. The more you know, the more likely you are to spot a con and the less likely you will fall for scams.

◆ Don’t use your so­cial me­dia pro­files to

log in to other ac­counts.

◆ Use strong pass­words, with a va­ri­ety of up­per case and lower case let­ters, sym­bols and num­bers. Never write them down where other peo­ple can see them. You should also try to change them ev­ery now and then.

◆ Only use rep­utable on­line shop­ping sites. One thing you can do is to look at the URL of the web­site. If it be­gins with “https” in­stead of “http” it means the site is se­cure. Also check with friends if they’ve heard of it or used it be­fore.

◆ Be ex­tra cau­tious when us­ing wi-fi hotspots. Some scam­mers fal­sify pop­u­lar hotspots.

◆ Don’t click on ran­dom links.

◆ Use good qual­ity se­cu­rity soft­ware and a fire­wall on your com­puter, and up­date them reg­u­larly.

◆ To pro­tect against iden­tity theft, take care not to re­veal too much about your­self on so­cial me­dia net­works.

◆ Back up the data on your com­puter

daily.

◆ Do not re­spond to ran­dom emails claim­ing that you have won a prize or in­her­ited money.

◆ Keep an eye on your monthly state­ments to iden­tify un­usual/ unau­tho­rised trans­ac­tions or be­hav­iours.

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