Do’s and Don’ts – Securing information for the novice surfer

Do’s and Don’ts – Securing information for the novice surfer
Many web surfers are unaware of the dangers lurking in the web and the importance of information security, both at home and at work. Only recently have many Israeli surfers become aware of the importance of providing credit cards to online purchase sites that are not secure enough. In order for us to surf the endless web pages safely there are a number of rules that we will have to follow.

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1. Make sure your social networks are not leaking information

Social networks are a huge component in our lives these days and it is hard to find people who do not use them. These sites provide a wealth of information about you, your family and what you are currently doing. Most of this information may be useful to your friends and family, but not to anyone who can find you on Google or Facebook.

Take some time to understand and decide which privacy settings are right for you. After your decision check again and again to be sure. Log out of the social network and search for your profile, and make sure that the profile is displayed according to the settings you have chosen.

When writing on someone’s “wall” be conservative and do not reveal secrets: no phone numbers, no addresses and no information that will identify you personally.

2. Do not accept membership offers randomly on social networks

You need to use social media to maintain and build real relationships. Do not accept new membership requests if you do not identify the sender and double check each offer before approving it. Theft of internet identities is very common today with the help of social networks. Even a request for membership that you identify the sender of may be staged, and make sure by other means that this is indeed a person you know.

3. Keep your computer up to date

Do not turn off the automatic updates, when a message appears announcing available updates it really says something important. Most of the hacking and security risks that exist today would be extinct if people were to follow the update policy which of course contains security updates, antivirus, anti-spam and more.

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4. Secure the wireless network

Do not leave the wireless network open, it does not indicate your reluctance to share with others, but when you leave the network insecure several events can occur:

  • Strangers can see all the incoming and outgoing information from your computer: credit card numbers, chat calls and more.
  • You can access files stored on your computer: for example tax forms, personal folders, photos and more.
  • You can plant illegal substances on your computer and get you in trouble.
    Illegal materials can be shared on the Internet and made to bear the blame since the wireless network was the source.
  • You can take control of your computer, speakers, microphone and camera and watch your every move in the office and in your personal life.

You must take this very seriously and make sure that your wireless network equipment is secure, seek the help of friends or a technician if you are not sure how to secure the network.

Information security for the surfer 5. Be careful with your “clicks”

Access to links and clicks on the Internet should be done carefully, with thought and understanding – you are not in a race and there is no stopwatch in front of you.

Do not access links that you receive in emails or chats, even if they come from people you trust, their computer may have been hacked.

Fake anti-viruses are very common on the Internet and display a fictitious message that your computer is infected with a virus, never click on such a window. Note that such a window will not look like a regular web window and will usually look like a popular antivirus software – pay close attention before you click on anything.

6. Choose a strong password!

Choosing a password that contains more than 10 characters and combines letters, numbers and characters (like # $% &) assures you that you will not be an easy target for hackers who would rather move on to someone with a simple password than linger on you.

7. Investigate everything

Hackers often take advantage of our human qualities, and it is well known that a person feels good about himself when he helps others. A hacker will take advantage of this discount and plan for you a situation where you will try to help a person in distress. The most effective way to minimize this vulnerability is simply by asking questions and relying on your instincts, anyone who has had such an attack said in retrospect: “Something felt wrong to me…” but despite the strong instincts social pressure and desire to help outweighed fear and desire to defend oneself. With the right questions and reliance on your feeling most social attacks will fail.

8. Keep your information as if your life depends on it

Keep your personal information and avoid posting it on social media. Do not post your email address, phone number, residential address and the names of your family members on any social network.

Remember, “Google” keeps track of all the information it finds forever.

Search for yourself on Google and see what information you already have on the web.

9. Use your common sense and do not succumb to social pressure and temptations.