For years, G Data has been observing an increase in the number of malware programs and attacks on PC and mobile users. But even now, many Internet users are unaware of the risks and dangers involved with surfing. "Internet users need to be clear about the dangers of the Internet. Knowing what scams and tricks cyber criminals use is the only way they can protect themselves against these," explains Eddy Willems, G Data Security Evangelist.
The perpetrators target unwitting users for attack, mainly so they can steal personal data such as passwords for online shops, bank accounts or mailboxes. "The criminals target information that they can use to make money in special underground markets," the expert says. Eddy Willems is not just advising adults to use caution – children are also a lucrative target for cyber criminals. Hence the IT security expert advises: "Parents should not only be thinking of their own security, but also that of their children. Besides using a security solution and installing published software updates, they should also exercise caution when using the Internet as a medium."
G Data security tips for young and old on sid 14
- Protected by security software: A powerful security solution is part of the basic equipment of any web-enabled computer. This should not only include virus protection but also a spam filter, firewall and real-time protection against online threats.
- Close software security holes: You should use updates to ensure that the operating system, software and apps you use are always fully up-to-date. This will help users close security holes that criminals could otherwise exploit for attacks.
- Send it straight to the digital recycle bin: Delete spam email immediately and avoid opening any embedded links or file attachments under any circumstances.
- Secure passwords: For every online account, e.g. social networks and email providers, you should use a different password consisting of a non-logical combination of numbers and upper and lower case letters.
- Back up data: Users should back up all important data so it can be restored after a system crash or infection. Comprehensive security solutions frequently contain a backup module.
- Children's safety on the Internet: Parents should teach their children how to use the Internet safely. Parental controls help them achieve that and prevent their offspring from accessing websites related to drugs, violence and sex.
Smartphones and tablets
- Install a security solution: A security app is part of the basic equipment for Android smartphones and tablets as well. The application should offer comprehensive protection against malware and malicious apps.
- Trustworthy apps: You should only get your applications from trustworthy sources like Google Play for Android. When choosing the apps, you should pay attention to the authorisations they require and think about whether you really need the application.
- Only activate Bluetooth and GPS when necessary: Users should only use wireless services like WLAN, GPS and Bluetooth when they are actually using them and deactivate them again afterwards.
- Check security settings: Users should activate the password prompt function and replace standard passwords with personal ones.
- Not everyone is your friend: You should only accept friend requests if you actually know the person behind them.
- Beware of short URLs: Abbreviated links can lead to a malware trap. Users should be very careful and ideally not click on URLs from strangers.
- Do not reveal too much about yourself: Users of social networks should not reveal too much information about themselves and not publish private information such as postal address or mobile number on their profile.