It would be no surprise to you that today over 83% of Australian’s access the internet every day. If you are part of this majority, do you know the risks that are posed by the internet?
The internet is vast and it can be difficult to know which pages are genuine and which are not as anyone can create websites. Anything you post publicly online will be available to anyone and it is virtually impossible to remove the information once it has been uploaded. Some major risks you could face are exposure of data through malicious sites, exposure of your company’s network and systems, malicious sites with malware and fake ads with malware.
Cybercriminals always seek data with sensitive information such as political preferences, buying habits, confidential company information, your credit card and bank details, current location, full name, date of birth and home address. If this information falls into the wrong hands, it could have several negative impacts for both yourself and your employer.
Internet Security: Best Practices
Make sure you are aware of the risks posed by the internet and use the best practices below to protect sensitive information from being accessed by cybercriminals.
- Check the domain. Cyber criminals may purchase domains that look like real websites – like ‘microloft.com‘ rather than ‘microsoft.com‘. Double check that the domain is legitimate – you can use a search engine to help ensure you are on the right page.
- Look out for the padlock and ‘https://‘ at the start of a web address. These indicate that your connection to the site is secured with TLS encryption, which means that your connection has not been intercepted.
- Check the website is legitimate before entering sensitive information or clicking on links. Think who might be able to see or read the information you give to websites, and what potential repercussions it could have if that information fell into the wrong hands.
- Always report any incidents right away. Entered your email password on a log-in page but now have a growing doubt in your mind about whether the site was legitimate? It’s always better to report the incident to your IT team right away. Don’t wait and risk giving a cybercriminal time to make use of any information they gained.
- Never give anybody your password – including your IT support team. Your IT support team will never ask for your password and do not keep passwords on record. Your password is only for you so ensure your privacy is protected by keeping it safe.
- Only use official work channels to contact colleagues and send confidential information. Never send company information through non-official channels or social media accounts.
Remember that you are the one responsible and in control of protecting your data!