Online Security

13 April 2016

Good basic cybercrime protection in 5 stages


Do you have a smartphone, laptop and tablet? Perhaps you also have a smart television and other devices linked to the internet? In that case you will certainly know how important it is to properly secure them individually. But do you know how? Follow these five essential steps for a safer cyber life.

1. Use your common sense

A good firewall does not suffice to protect you. You are your own best defence against hacking. A phone call from the supposedly technical department of Microsoft? Or an e-mail asking for your banking details? These are but a few insidious attempts to access your pc and obtain your personal details. Always be cautious and use your common sense!

Tip:

What if you are asked for your ING banking details? Never communicate your access codes to anyone! In doubt call the number on the back of your ING bank card.

2. Update your software regularly

The software of your mobile phone, tablet, computer or app is not only updated to beautify, enhance and accelerate the device or application. They also give the manufacturer the opportunity to remove vulnerabilities in the technology. By regularly updating your devices, you can considerably hamper life for hackers. Ensure that you program as many automatic updates as possible for any device linked to a network.

3. Create a strong and unique password

Why not use a phrase with several full words and spaces, a few symbols and numbers? Moreover it is not easy for hackers or computer programs to guess a passphrase such as 'You will never guess my code' which, consequently, will be stronger. For each online account, application and device make sure you use a unique and different password.

Tip:

Insofar as possible always incorporate your dual factor authentication! In this way you will be even better protected. Do you not know how? Facebook, gmail and other services often offer such extra security and explain painstakingly how to activate their service.

4. Encrypt your details

Although it might seem “over the top” it is nonetheless worthwhile. This is an easy and effective way to safeguard your data from unwanted eyes. Data on both your hard disk and USB stick - so-called data at rest - and data you send from your device to somebody else's - data in use - can be encrypted.

Most operating systems offer a Full Disk Encryption function to enable you to encrypt data at rest automatically. When your data is active, for instance when online banking, look for the icon of a lock or go to the address starting with “https”. Then you can be certain that your data is safe.

5. Back-ups: real “life savers”

What if your device or account is infected with a virus or hacked? Unfortunately there is only way to definitely remove all malware: delete all data and re-install. Fortunately you regularly back up, do you not?

Never postpone back-ups and, whenever possible, ensure that your device makes automatic back-ups. In this way you will never lose important data and precious photos.