Cyber Security

Cyber security refers to online security. As more and more crime moves online it is important that as users of online applications that we keep abreast of developments. Cyber crime is getting more sophisticated and more ubiquitous, and thus there is no room for complacency. Our goal here is to raise awareness so that our readers are familiar with ways to protect themselves. Our worlds are a blend of online and offline living so actual security needs to cater for both worlds simultaneously. Indeed many breaches can be traced back to credentials breached offline (be it an abandoned computer left open, or a phone call soliciting security credentials on the back of an alleged incident).

Our stance is simple — have a healthy paranoia whenever you receive an inbound call you have not been expecting. In most instances it is better to hang up and then call back using details available from the official public website of the alleged company (rather than any numbers given to you by the caller). Similarly ensure that you take the necessary protections online by keeping software up-to-date, by using 2FA wherever possible and ensuring that passwords can not be easily compromised. Remember the single biggest threat to most companies remains disgruntled employees (or former employees).

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