Full Security and Privacy Tip Sheet

Keep Your Confidential Information Safe Online

Many internet users overshare confidential information, including private images, personal contact information, location information and personal life details, and they do not seem to understand the consequences. A simple mistake can easily put your personal information at risk of being comprised. Trend Micro wants to help keep your information confidential, so we are providing solutions on how to keep your personal information from being overshared online.

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PROTECT AGAINST IDENTIFY FRAUD

Oversharing/sharing private information

  1. Know when and where to share your personal information online – don’t share your credit card details unless you’re shopping online. Cybercriminals may be eavesdropping.
  2. Ask yourself before clicking on that ‘Share’ button: can someone use this information against me? Protect yourself by only sharing information that you know can’t be used against you.
  3. Customize your privacy settings and limit those who can view your posts to “Friends” only. This prevents anyone outside your Friends list from seeing your posts.
  4. Turn on your social networking profile security settings where applicable. This helps prevent unauthorized access to your account.
  5. Use a privacy scanner to make sure your social networking accounts are secure. This helps you find and fix any security gaps you may have missed when securing your social networking accounts.

SECURE ONLINE PRIVACY

Making private conversations public

  1. If you have to share something with someone, use the private messaging feature of your social media network/ application. This stops cyber-eavesdropping.
  2. Turn on your social networking profile security settings when applicable. This helps prevent unauthorized access to your account.
  3. Only tag those that would want to be tagged in an update or a photo. This prevents against everyone in your contacts being spammed with notifications. Consequently, don’t let yourself get tagged in an update or photo easily.
  4. Don’t share anything about anyone that you don’t want shared about yourself. Respect other people’s privacy, even online.
  5. Use a privacy scanner to make sure your social networking accounts are secure. This helps you find and fix any security gaps you may have missed when securing your social networking accounts.

CONTROL PASSWORD MANAGEMENT

Reusing passwords in all accounts

  1. Use a unique password for every account you make, on every device you own. This helps prevent against unauthorized access or account hacking.
  2. Enable two-step verification whenever available. This protects against account hacking and keeps your accounts safe.
  3. Disable auto-fill/auto-complete feature on your browser via its settings. This prevents anyone using your computer or device to log into your accounts using your saved passwords/account details. Additionally, clear out your cache/cookies/browsing history after every browsing session.
  4. Use long and complex passwords and make sure that only you know the answers to your security questions (for when you want to change your password).
  5. Use a password management tool to automate password creation and management. This helps you not only create secure passwords, but also keep track of each one.

AVOID PHISHING SCAMS

Falling for online banking scams (social engineering)

  1. Bookmark the websites you regularly go to; this eliminates the need of typing URLs out and making errors in the process. This prevents the chances of you accidentally going to a phishing website.
  2. Don’t click on links in online banking email notifications, especially if they’re unexpected. They could lead to a phishing website.
  3. If you do fall for an online banking scam, immediately contact your bank and inform them of what happened. The earlier you notify them, the quicker they’ll be able to resolve the issue. Additionally, keep up with the latest scam information to protect yourself.
  4. Use your mobile browsers’ or browser apps’ private browsing settings, especially for sensitive banking transactions. This prevents against cyber-eavesdropping, and thus protects against your account being hacked into.
  5. Install a security solution on your devices to block online banking scams and threats.

MANAGE MOBILE SECURITY

Downloading any app without reading EULA/permissions (mobile threats/malicious apps)

  1. Check the permissions requested by all the apps you’re downloading. If an app asks for more information than it should, do not download it. Chances are it’s a Premium Service abuser – apps that hit you with exorbitant charges by sending messages to premium-rate numbers.
  2. Check the reviews of the apps you’re downloading. The users’ comments will clue you in on whether it’s a fake app or the genuine article.
  3. Only download apps straight from the source, or from trusted app stores and websites. This eliminates the chance of you downloading mobile malware disguised as fake apps.
  4. Check the details of your downloaded app. If the title is misspelled or it lists certain details wrong (like developer name) then it may be malware. Uninstall it immediately.
  5. Install a mobile security solution that automatically scans for malicious apps on all your mobile devices.

 

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