With the recent publicity given to cyber-attacks, Kingdom has put together some basic advice to help you stay safe on the internet.
The creation of the internet was one of the biggest achievements of the 20th century, and now in the 21st century it is becoming an integral part of our lives from shopping and interacting on social media to streaming TV shows and movies. Almost all of us now go online every day, but beware! The more we use the internet to aid us, the more criminals will look to use the internet against us.
Below are some tips to help you stay one step ahead.
Phishing is one of the ways fraudsters try to trick people into revealing confidential or personal information. Phishing is basically an email that looks genuine, like it's from your bank or from us, asking you to divulge personal information on an unsecure site.
There are a few top tips to help you spot a phishing email:
If you do follow a link without checking it like above look at the address bar at the top of the screen to ensure you are on the correct page.
The below website looks just like eBay:
However if you look at the address at the top:
The address should be:
On the fake website they have used _ instead of . for the ebay address.
Putting a password on something will make it harder to get into, but how strong are your passwords?
Here are some guidelines to create stronger passwords.
One of the easiest to remember and hardest to crack password methods is the pseudo-random password. The actual password is generated from an easy to remember phrase that is important to the user. This phrase can be the words from a book that you particularly like, words from a song that you always remember with ease, or a statement that some powerful figure made that you will never forget. The key to a successful password is to create a phrase that is easy for you to remember, but no one else will ever think about attributing it to you.
E.g. ‘One small step for man one giant leap for mankind’ would become = Ossfmoglfm
Due to the pseudo randomness of the letters it makes it harder to crack. If you wanted to take it a step further you could include the other steps listed above so:
Ossfmoglfm could become 0$$fM0glFm
This password is:
In summary, it is a very complex password and would be incredibly difficult to crack.
One final point – even the most complicated password won’t protect you if you give it out to other people. This may sound obvious but ask yourself, if I were to ask you for the PIN number to unlock your mobile phone would you give it to me?
Then ask yourself, if I were to ask you for the PIN number for your debit card would you give it to me?
Most people will answer yes to the first question and no to the second question. The problem with that is that at least half of those people will be using the same PIN number for both.