Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thirteen Best Practice to StaySafe Online

The art of a safer online experience is to acquire situational awareness of cyber risks and use common sense to mitigate them. The thirteen best practices to reduce your risk exposure are:

1.    Be aware of cyber risks by regular reading of news reports on real life cyber incidents

2.    Build situational awareness on how to recognize cyber threats

3.    Use commonsense while social networking

4.    Write responsibly with proper etiquette. What you post online remains online and you remain responsible

5.    Have open discussions with your children on Internet safety

6.    Avoid use of copyrighted or pirated goods

7.    Do not get tempted by discounted offers and money making schemes

8.    Call up the institution or check for scams before replying to mails from law enforcement, financial institutions and  governments requesting personal information

9.    Do not engage in conversation or reply to mails from scammers

10.  Be careful of unsolicited mail and clicking on links within

11.  Use security software on all you devices (computer, tablet, phone) and update it regularly

12.  Use strong passwords with alternate authentication and verification options provided by sites

13.  Report cyber crime

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