Our Guide to a safer internet experience

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As IT professionals, we have an obligation to provide safe and secure internet to all those who may use it within your organisation. As part of this obligation, internal training goes a long way. Go out into the main office and ask someone if they know what phishing is?  What was the response?

Providing training to staff is the first step towards making your workplace that little bit safer, by making people aware of the risks and the do’s and don’ts of the internet.

Let’s take one example – Phishing

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

What to look out for?

  • Poor English/grammatical errors
    • One of the biggest tell-tale signs is the structure of the email
  • Who is the email addressed to?
    • Phishing emails tend to have generic titles for example Dear Sir / Madam, Dear Email@email.co.uk
  • Is the offer too good to be true?
    • Click this link to win £10000 pounds. Your long-lost relative has left you £40000, I just need your bank information

Sounds simple doesn’t it? But you will be surprised how many slip though the net.

Let’s take one more example – Online Banking
Something we take for granted, having access to your bank anywhere anytime. This level of freedom comes with risk:

  • Internet connection- when you’re at a coffee shop, do you connect to their public wi-fi?
    • Snoopers can be looking at the traffic coming from your device and steal your personal data
    • Recommendation: Use a VPN on your mobile device or use your mobile data network.
  • Public computers/work computers – when using your online banking websites.
    • Do you click remember my username/password? This means that the next person to use that device maybe able to see your information
    • Recommendation: Use an in-private browser, or incognito mode or click ‘Do not Remember username and password’

The above is just a few examples of how to stay safe online, whether it’s checking your emails or checking your bank balance.

For more information visit https://www.getsafeonline.org/ where you’ll find all the information you need.

 

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Find out more about the Safer internet Day here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019

 

By Adam Goldsmith – MBCS

Our Guide to a safer internet experience

One thought on “Our Guide to a safer internet experience

  1. All of the above are great examples of what to look out for when accessing the safety of a website. However, as a web designer with over twenty years of digital experience, you must also remember that some legitimate business websites can pose a threat to your online safety and security. This is not deliberate on their behalf, but due to an ineffective website build or deliberate attacks. Some additional measures that can help improve online security include implementing SSL to ensure the safe transfer of information and to avoid data interception. Website forms should make use of a unique token to prevent CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) attacks. Additional areas also include ensuring database enquiries are sanitised, which prevents SQL injection and even implementing two-factor authentication in the content management system to make administrative access more secure.

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