On the heels of some very high-profile and disturbing data breaches, this year’s Cyber Security Awareness Month is timely. After the announcements of major data breach announcements from Equifax, Deloitte and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and with the increased publicity and impact of social media, the attention and respect that cyber security, information security and data security deserves is starting to pick up steam.
The first step in making changes is building awareness, and this blog in relation to National Cyber Security Month’s Week 1 theme ‘Simple steps to online safety’. This will help consumers understand the threats and how to protect themselves, including what to do if they become a victim of cyber-crime.
Protecting yourself online may seem impossible, but following simple guidelines like enabling stronger authentication, strong password management, and regular update installation can do wonders to protect you from cybercrime.
Enable Stronger Authentication
Figure 1: An advertisement for SS7 bypass services on the dark web
Figure 2: An advertisement for fraudulent goods on the dark web. Not all offers will be this obvious!
Do your research on IoT and uPNP devices
All members of the public can take some simple actions to protect themselves online and to recover in the event a cyber incident occurs. Cybercriminals often prey on human error – such as people clicking on a link in a phishing email or using weak or repetitive passwords – to gain access to a home networks and financial or social media accounts. You can’t eliminate every risk, but you can keep yourself safer while enjoying this connected world.