#makeITsafePH How to Achieve Worry-Free Internet Surfing, Tips from the Web

By Miong - Friday, May 11, 2018

Philippine Internet users are at risks of falling prey to cyber criminals due to online habits that make them highly-vulnerable to attacks, prompting telecommunications company like Globe Telecom to launch the #makeITsafePH campaign under its CyberPinoy cyber wellness program which promotes safe and inspiring digital nation. Internet provides wonderful experiences but it is also home to unscrupulous persons such as scammers, fraudsters, bullies, and sexual predators who are out to harm or take advantage of other people.

Here Few Topics and Tips from all over the Web to Achieve Worry-Free Internet browsing:

Security Settings
Maintain your Internet devices security settings. Don't disable them for the reason that they are inconvenient.

Keep Browser Up to Date
To make sure that you're protected by the latest security updates, browsers can automatically update when a new version of the browser is available on your device.

Antivirus Software
Ensure that Antivirus and anti malware software are installed on your computer and other devices you use. Keep them updated. Updates are automated, you shouldn't disable them.

Strong PIN or Passwords
Strong Password are essential to prevent potential hackers from gaining access to your data. Set a security PIN or Password, and install software that can be remotely activates to wipe or disable device if its lost or stolen.

Firewalls are hardware or software that filters network traffic to prevent unwanted traffic from entering a network. Make sure you maintain the firewall settings on all the devices you use to browse the Internet.

Data Encryption
Don't disable this feature, if your system is configured to use data encryption. Its best to encrypt the data stored on devices whenever possible.

Phishing or Fraudulent Emails
Phishing is sent from what appears to be a trusted source, like a bank. It tricks you into providing personal information. Phishing emails can seem authentic but often there are clues to indicate they are not. Be familiar with the following clues:
  • Email claiming you've won a prize or been preapproved for a free bank loan.
  • Emails starting with "Dear Valued Customer" or similar. If an email is not addressed to you personally, it could be a clue that its not authentic.
  • Fraudulent emails and web sites are only perfect replicas with lots of spelling errors or erroneous language.
  • Check the text of a web link is the same as the destination of the link itself. You can spot a fake link by hovering your mouse pointer over the link, without clicking it.
  • If the tone of an email threatens some dire consequences if you don't respond urgently or asks for personal information or relates to something confidential like bank account.
To sum up, the best defense against Cyber Criminals and all these scams is AWARENESS. Be cautious about all communications you receive, including those from seemingly trusted sources. If an email from someone is suspicious, verify it through another sources. As a general rule, don't provide sensitive formation via email.

Don't be fooled if it sound to good to be true.

  • Share:

You Might Also Like