A New Year is approaching and WE SHOULD think about WHAT WE learned during this year to make the next coming year even BETTER! When revising my curation about Cyber-Security YOU MUST agree that Cyber-Criminals are getting more and more professional and that WE as users MUST learn to stay secure while surfing and to be prepared to avoid the pitfalls of cyber-criminals.
Check also a new report from KASPERSKY here: Dangers of not securing your Internet Device
Check it out in the different proposed languages, please:
The above Curation gives YOU an overview what happened during the year with:
- Cyber-Espionage NSA and others…
OK, NOW WE Know The Dangers, BUT How To Protect Against Them!?
That’s a good question, isn’t it? WHERE to start? Actually it isn’t THAT difficult at all, ALL YOU need (mostly) is to get the right reflexes! YOU need to get used on a daily base to be aware of the dangers YOU are used to this in Real-Life, so do it ALSO in Virtual-Life [internet]). BUT HOW!? I will present to YOU a couple of automated software programs who will make it very easy for YOU, the rest is just routine and reflexes 😉
Remember that in real life WE do Hygiene: brushing OUR teeth is ALREADY (OR SHOULD be) a daily task, reflex, which WE are using; right? WE SHOULD get such daily reflexes in the Virtual-World as well, WE need to get educated to it so that it becomes a daily reflex! SO… Here WE go NOW…
MOST of the below mentioned TIPS are for Windows users, BUT as “Nobody Is Perfect“, so lots of the advice’s are ALSO a MUST for Mac users!
First of ALL, WE SHOULD try to find a way THAT WHEN WE make a mistake (Nobody Is Perfect…) that WE don’t get infected OUR computers and devices (smartphones, tablets…)! So WE MUST first look for a protection software, I advice YOU to install a commercial “Internet Security Suite“, NOT ONLY an Anti-Virus, BUT an “Internet Security Suite“. Let’s say this ALSO, any installed Anti-Virus protection (FREEWARE) is BETTER than NO Protection, BUT commercial software has STILL BETTER results in protection, check the following links, please:
So, WE have NOW a protection installed, are WE safe NOW!? NO not at all! As already mentioned, “Nobody Is Perfect” and so it is also for the Anti-Virus programs. WE MUST be aware ALSO of OUR behavior (WE are nearly new born kids in the Virtual-World) and OUR Naivety (YES, some are STILL…):
- Which websites can WE trust and which websites are harmful?
- Updates are THE MOST IMPORTANT to have BEST Security!
- Are YOUR browser(s) up-to-date?
- Are YOUR Third-Party programs up-to-date?
- And WHAT about OUR behavior?
- The weakest link in the security chain is the human!
- Naivety in the digital age!?
- And WHAT about Public WiFi?
The above mentioned links might be seen as lot of information, BUT it isn’t as ALL of them are very easy to understand and to apply! Take YOUR time and follow the instructions on How To apply them, please. BEST would be to read my FREE courses here:
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Stay Informed About New Threats
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It includes a range of security tips, and a section on proactive protection, entitled Staying Ahead of Today’s Most Sophisticated Attacks.
The report isn’t just about Windows and Windows malware, either.
You’ll find a wealth of information about how the cybercrooks are broadening their attack horizons to the Mac, Linux and Android platforms, too.
This is important material because it necessitates that we broaden our defensive horizons in reply.
The report also looks the technology and the underground economy behind crimeware tools such as exploit kits, botnets, click fraud, ransomware, and more.
As well as being a fascinating read, the Security Threat Report 2014 will help you to understand and to protect yourself against an enemy that is becoming ever smarter, shadier and stealthier.
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Get THE Weekly Reflex!
As already mentioned it are the reflexes who are very important! SO, let’s create them by checking every Friday OUR computer(s), as a reminder: I created the ===> Hashtag #FSCD <=== on Twitter! #FSCD means ===> “Friday Security Check Day”! <=== Follow it to make sure that YOU don’t forget about it 😉
L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).
The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).
Stay tuned for next blog posts 😉