Monday, May 2

Good ICT Security Practice

I'm sure that you uses computer all the time.
I'm sure that you surf the internet 24-7.
But do you have what it takes to secure your information.
Do you back up your data and takes whatever actions necessary, to secure yourself from the internet threats.
Here are some things that you should do (some lessons that I have learned long time ago);

1. Use a strong password
For some, they just want to use a simple password, so that they could remember them easily. This isn't a good practice at all. I know, that for some, even myself, uses multiple passwords for multiple accounts. Facebook, twitter, email, Youtube, Google and blogs. I used multiple passwords for them. But that doesn't let my guard down in using a simple password. The best practices in creating a password, is to have numbers, lower case, upper case, signs and symbols. For advance users, they might change passwords every three months. Another note, don't use significant names or numbers as your password. For example, your name or your IC number.

2. Back up your data
Data and information are some important asset for any organization and I'm sure it is important to you as well. So, if you don't want it to get lost due to some virus, malware or worms, back up your data to any other remote computer. Just to be safe. I'm sure you don't want to look for them in rush when your boss is asking for it.
3. Use a reliable anti-virus
I believed most of us uses anti-virus. It doesn't matter whether its BitDefender, Kaspersky, Trend Micro, Norton Antivirus and Avira, but the most important thing is for you to update your antivirus software. Update it regularly. If possible, every day or every hour. Because for some, they might have an antivirus software, but they don't update it. Then, there comes the problem.

4. Encrypt your message.
If you think that your message is too important, which has top information secret. Encrypt them with high level security encryption. Just to make sure that the non-receiver won't be able to read your message other than the receiver itself.

5. Take cautions when download
Not every downloadable content(DC) is good-to-go files. Sometimes, what you are trying to download is not what it expected to be. Sometimes, it might have "hidden agenda". Sometimes, it brings bad news to your computer. So, before you download anything from the internet; make sure, that it is reliable and trustworthy.

6. Don't open any malicious(spam) emails
Have you ever received an email that tells you that you just won a large amount of money?
I'm sure that all of you have received this kind of email. Don't trust any of them. Even though, you receives them from someone you knew. It might be something that we call as spam or malicious email. It might be tempting to send your details to get the prize money, but trust me, it won't give you any benefit. Just remember this, "if it's too good to be true, then possibly, it is not true." There are also cases, where you get emails from banks such as Maybank or CIMB that asks you to login from that email. Don't believe them, that probably an attempt to acquire your ID and PASSWORD from those fake websites. If you want to log into those websites, type in the names and log on. Never log on from an email pop ups.

7. Don't online when you aren't on the line
If you think that you won't be using internet for a while, don't get online. Disconnect yourself from the line. Because the only way for others to get to you, is when you are online.

8. Log-off when you want to get off
This is the common thing people do. It's hard for them to push that "shutdown" button when they go out for a while. This is a big mistake, when you are working in an office environment. You see, people could use your computer to do bad things to others through online, when all they have is your IP address. So, they might suspects you for the wrong doing. Therefore, the best way to avoid this; just switch off your computer when you are not around and don't forget to use "user log in" to log on to your computer.

syaftome ~ try to keep this practice in motion.

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