When was the last time you changed your password? How much of your life do you share online? If your laptop happened to be stolen, would the thief have full access to all of your personal information?
These questions will come to the forefront of everyone’s minds on Friday, November 30, thanks to International Computer Security Day. The day aims to raise awareness and remind the public about the importance of protecting both company and personal computer resources in order to prevent the misuse of financial and personal data, including identity theft. Today we use computers and technology to work, study and store precious memories – our very identity exists on computers. Social media is another breeding ground for identity thieves, viruses and computer fraud.
Ensure that your passwords are regularly updated, not used across other platforms, and please don’t write them down. Also make sure that your systems are protected by installing an anti-virus and malware program and reduce how much personal information is accessible. Keep your programs up to date and back up regularly. It’s key to learn how to spot suspicious links and avoid falling for online scams such as phishing, identity theft, fraud and hoax emails. Why not then teach members of your family and co-workers how to spot these scams too.