Tips for Staying Safe Online

Poster of tips for staying safe online for Cyber Security Awareness Month

Workplace

Different organizations in different industries are all targets of a cybercrime, and the sole aim of this is usually to steal intellectual property, information to defame organizations and personal identity information (PII). Below are some tips to ensure good cybersecurity at work

Use secure means of communication: By this we mean you should avoid connecting your devices to unprotected public WIFI and use VPN when available. Remember that it is your responsibility to make reasonable steps to protect your institutional data.

Protect your computer: Be sure to lock your computer (Windows + L) when you step away from your computer, regardless of the duration. Ensure that your devices are not left unattended.

Minimize local storage of sensitive information: It is always advisable that employees should only have access to the information necessary to perform their duties and nothing more, and this is to essentially reduce the amount of sensitive data they have access to. However, employees are usually fond of copying data to their devices/storage media just so that the data is readying available for them, but this sensitive information can get lost and leak accidentally every now and then as a result. Only copy over sensitive information when it is absolutely necessary to do so.

Beware of scams

Use privacy screen

Be wary of tailgaters: Unauthorized personnel can get access to restricted areas by tailgating authorized individuals. If you are unsure of who they are and they can’t provide identification, redirect them to the campus security.

Home

Most of the essentials of cybersecurity at work apply to the home as well, but these are some extra tips that apply to staying safe both online and at home.

  • Ensure that your antivirus is up-to-date
  • Don’t log on to an unknown or non-password protected public Wi-Fi network.
  • Don’t give away any personal information when you chat while gaming online with strangers
  • Avoid installation of unknown or unsolicited programs
  • Create a strong password. Longer is stronger!

Kids online

More kids have access to the internet. The internet can be used to our benefit as a learning tool, a means of communication and source of entertainment, or it could be used to someone’s detriment, such as with cyberbullying, swatting and other cybercrimes.

Below are some tips on educating children to be safe and ensuring other people’s safety online:

  • Teach them to respect people’s feelings: Explain what cyberbullying consists of and help them understand how it affects someone. Help them understand that the internet doesn’t have a “delete” button.
  • Teach them to respect people’s privacy
  • Teach them to respect intellectual properties.
  • Know the protection features of the websites and software your children use
  • Make sure they need approval from you before they install anything on their devices
  • Review the privacy settings of the websites they visit
  • Have the parental control features enabled on their devices
  • Explain the implications of their actions online to them
  • Talk to other parents about how they are they are handling the issue
  • Most importantly, stay current, as the cyber world is ever evolving

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