Security Tips for Your Summer Vacation
In the summer, lots of people book flights online to get to their holiday destinations. Cyber-crooks are taking advantage of this situation to send a new wave of fake emails aimed at tricking users into opening the attachments which infect their computers. This is just a single example of how cybercriminals try to get your credit card and login details so be careful with any suspicious emails claiming to offer 2012 Olympic tickets, a tax rebate or account issues from your bank.
PandaLabs is continually analysing the latest Internet trends and with this in mind is offering the following advice to help safeguard your security during the summer period:
- Use caution with social networking sites – Unfortunately, some people give out too much information about their holiday plans on social networking sites, to the point that criminals sometimes know when someone is away on a holiday. Don’t share this private information on social networks and check your privacy settings carefully.
- Parental Control – Children spend more time in front of computers while on holiday. Installing a good parental control program on the computer will help minimise children’s vulnerability on the Internet.
- Avoid using a shared computer – Many people prefer to leave their computers at home while on holiday and use public PCs in Internet cafés or hotels to access their social network accounts or perform different types of transactions. If that’s your case, prevent identity theft by making sure your account doesn’t automatically save your password and user ID. Also, make sure the computer is malware-free. If you suspect the computer’s security has been compromised by a virus, leave it and use another. Take care when connecting an external device to the computer, as it may become infected without your knowledge.
- ·Take care with email – Email is one of the main virus entry points, so pay special attention to it. Do not open messages from unknown senders or click on dubious links.
- Beware of public WiFi networks – You could be hooking up to a network set up by hackers to steal any information that you share across the Internet. When you connect to email, social networking sites or online stores, make sure you are using a secure connection (https), so that traffic is encrypted and no one else can access the information.
- Keep your computer up-to-date – Malware seeks to exploit existing security holes in systems to infect them. Make sure all necessary security patches and updates are properly installed.
- Protect your computer – Make sure you have reliable, up-to-date protection installed on your computer.
Follow these tips and enjoy your summer vacation with peace of mind. Just as you lock all doors and windows before going on vacation, you should also take great care to protect your digital world.
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