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Avoid 'cyber flirt' scams, CyberSecurity Malaysia advises

AvantiKumar | Jan. 9, 2014
A cyber blackmail scam, which has become a global problem, is costing Malaysian victims about US$1500 each, says CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab.


General advice to Internet users:

  • Be aware that anything you do on the internet, including video and voice calls, can be recorded and manipulated for malicious purposes.
  • Internet users are advised to adhere to best practices and religious or social ethics when they are online on social networking sites and online chat forums.
  • Internet users should be very precautious with whom they 'friend' with and must not fulfill all unnecessary requests from other users while they are online.
  • Be alert and suspicious of unusual activities on the net and immediately report it to relevant authorities.
  • As preventive measure, configure your Skype to restrict communication with your contact list only by doing the following: Go to > Tools > Options > Privacy > Only Allow IMs, Calls etc from People on my Contact List > SAVE

 

  • Always make sure your software and systems are up-to-date, and that you are using up-to-date security software.
  • Never use your webcam to video call someone you do not know.

 

 

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