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10 Things YOU Must Do To Improve On-line Security

10 Things YOU Must Do To Improve On-line Security

10 Things YOU Must Do To Improve On-line Security

One the one hand, the Internet is making life easier by providing access to information from just about anywhere, but on the other hand access to private information raises serious security concerns.

We could argue forever about who's responsible for ensuring that private information isn't easily accessible by unauthorised people, but ultimately we must be aware that anything we share / publish / post on the Internet can be seen and shared with everyone else on-line; and nothing is secure on the Internet.

We must all play a part in on-line security. It's is a team game. By personally ensuring that we're doing as much as possible to secure ourselves, together we make it harder for the bad guys.

There are many steps and tools you can use to improve your on-line security. To start you off, we've put together this list of our 10 fundamentals...

Your on-line security must-do list:

  1. Block Third-party Cookies: Cookies store little bits of information about you for websites that you have been too. Disabling the unnecessary cookies will decrease the chances of others exploiting this information.
  2. Use HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is the secure communication protocol of the Internet, adding a layer of encryption between your computer and websites that you visit.
  3. Install HTTPS Everywhere: This web-browser plug-in forces the browser to use the HTTPS protocol instead of the regular HTTP protocol so you don't have to remember.
  4. Use Incognito Mode: Also known as Private Browsing, web browsers don't store your browsing history, save files in the browser cache, or save cookies when in this mode. Particularly useful if you are using on-line banking.
  5. Check for SSL: When entering sensitive information into forms (such as your credit card details), make sure the webpage is protected by SSL. Look for a green lock in the address bar.
  6. Email Carefully: Don't send sensitive information by email. This includes usernames, passwords, credit card details, etc.
  7. Encrypt Email: Consider encrypting your email. It may seem like a hassle, but once you and your regular contacts get into the habit it will become second nature.
  8. Use Secure Payment Gateways: Don't purchase from eStores that don't use secure, well-known payment gateways.
  9. Use Strong Passwords: Always. Test how long it would take to hack your password on How Secure Is My Password.
  10. Limit sharing: Don't share or publish information you don't want strangers knowing about you.

Lastly, make sure that your operating system, web-browser and anti-virus software are always up-to-date, and that you are using a firewall.

Join the Conversation - Got another security must-do that you'd like to add to our list? Let us a know on the iASP Central Facebook Page, or Get in Touch.


Don't Want to be Tracked? How to Clear Your Mobile Browser Data

Don't Want to be Tracked? How to Clear Your Mobile Browser Data

Don't Want to be Tracked? How to Clear Your Mobile Browser Data
Whether you are or aren't aware, if Safari is your browser on your iPhone or iPad, your data is being collected for several reasons. This isn't as terrible as it sounds because it helps to speed up browsing and store login information, but this doesn't mean that security is not a concern.

Following Facebook's recent security failure in disclosing personal details, many are worrying about data saved by Safari and other browsers on local devices. Data collected about your usage can be used for tracking purposes, but if this is something that makes you uncomfortable, there are options.

If you'd rather not be tracked, you can clear the saved data from time to time.
These are the steps to clean your browser data:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Scroll down to locate Safari and tap it.
3. Scroll down and tap on Advanced.
4. Tap on Website Data.
5. Scroll down through the data stored by Safari and tap on Remove all Website Data.
6. When prompted with a confirmation, tap Remove Now.

Every once and a while, repeat this process if you'd prefer not to be tracked.

Even Facebook Encounters Security Bugs

Even Facebook Encounters Security Bugs

Even Facebook Encounters Security Bugs
Last week (Jun 21st, 2013) Facebook announced a security bug that exposed users' personal contact information. In a post on the Facebook Security Page, Facebook explained that some of the information that the site uses to deliver friend recommendations was "inadvertently stored with people's contact information as part of their account on Facebook". As a result, anyone using Facebook's Download Your Information tool to download their friends' data were presented with information that should have remained secure.

This bug affected 6 million users.

What's more shocking is that it's been live since last year, but was discovered only last week. Although the security team fixed the bug less than 24 hours after it was detected, this highlights the fact that even with a strong technical team and massive resources , it is impossible to ensure that no bugs exist. This is worrisome as social media continues to integrate deeper into our daily lives.