The big news for the day is that Ebay was hacked and one of its customer databases were compromised. The company immediately requested their users to change their passwords and to change their passwords at least every few months for the best internet security practices.
While most of us are aware that cyber-attacks are rife, it seems we always think it will never happen to you!
- Create smart and strong passwords. Use capital letters, special symbols and numbers to make it very difficult for hackers to crack your password
- Use e-mail wisely. Never submit sensitive data via e-mail, even if you have good protective software. The recipient might not have good software.
- Be smart when using instant messages (IM). The same as with e-mails, never send personal, private or sensitive information via IM.
- Shop safely. If you plan to order from an online store, make sure the website you are planning on using is secure and uses security software. There must be a ‘padlock’ on the URL or bottom right of the page.
- Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent e-mails and fake websites to act like legitimate businesses to obtain your sensitive information. If you receive an e-mail from a business, make sure the link you are requested to click on is that of the business and not a phishing scam link.
- Fun and carefree online gaming. Make sure your security software is in good working order, especially when communicating with other online gamers.
- Pay attention to your child’s online activities. Make use of age-appropriate software and limit their time online. Make sure the screen is in a public area of your home.