Safeguard Your Digital Life

How to ensure that your info is safe from hacks, leaks and disruptions.

By Kelvin Low      11 December 2020

Software updates often include software patches. They fix the security holes to keep hackers out.

Recognize Phishing

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by disguising as an official website.

Beware of misspellings or sites using a different top-level domain. For example, a “.co” instead of “.com”. These phishing sites are designed to fool consumers into giving up their data. Phishing attacks commonly use techniques such as “login alerts” and “password changed” messages to convince their targets to ignore potential suspicions and click on a link or open an attachment.

Omer Dembinsky, Manager of Data Intelligence, at Check Point Software Technologies shares, “these phishing campaigns can be extraordinarily deceptive, as online shoppers easily mistake them for real offers that are truthfully too good to be true. I strongly urge every online shopper to think twice when looking at a “special offer” from their favourite brand.”

Look For The Lock

Avoid buying something online using your payment details from a website that does not have secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption installed. To know if the site has SSL, look for the “S” in HTTPS, instead of HTTP. An icon of a locked padlock will appear, typically to the left of the URL in the address bar or the status bar down below. No lock is a major red flag.

Don’t Share Too Much

No online shopping retailer needs your birthday or Identity Card details to do business. The more hackers know, the more they can hijack your identity. Always maintain the discipline of sharing the bare minimum when it comes to your personal information. Credential theft is a common goal of cyberattacks.

Always be suspicious of password reset emails. If you receive an unsolicited password reset email, always visit the website directly and check your password. Cybercriminals commonly send fake password reset emails that direct you to a lookalike phishing site, and can convince you to type in your account credentials.


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