Five tips to control your online traces
Chan said that by using TOR 'rendezvous points', other TOR users can connect to these hidden services, each without knowing the other's network identity.
"Whenever we log onto the Internet using our computers, smartphones or tablets, we would invariably leave a trace as each device has a unique IP (Internet Protocol) address. It is like an online fingerprint which ultimately can be traced either by law-enforcement authorities, or worse, cyber criminals," he said. "As users, we have no control over the way a website secures our login data. Therefore, it is important that we secure our personal information."
Fortinet's advisory lists five security tips to help Malaysian Internet users minimize the risk of personal data compromise:
1. Update Web Browser
Cyber attackers usually target flaws and vulnerabilities in outdated browsers and plug-ins. It is always a good idea to have your web browser update automatically by enabling the feature on the browser.
2. Change Passwords Regularly
Password is the first line of defence against cyber criminals' unauthorized access. For important websites such as banking, social accounts, and email, one must never recycle the password. Change these passwords as frequently as possible. A good and strong password always revolves around complexity.
3. Data Encryption
Securing sensitive data must be a top priority. Consider encrypting your data with advanced encryption tools which will help prevent unauthorised individuals from reading confidential files or messages.
4. Be Wary of Public Wi-Fi
The nature of a public Wi-Fi network is open and thus, the network could be full of compromised devices or the hotspot itself could be malicious. If you are planning to get connected to a public Wi-Fi, avoid doing anything that involves sensitive information such as online banking even when the sites are encrypted with HTTPS.
5. Filter what you share on Social Networking sites
The Internet offers numerous platforms for people to interact and share information with one another. Undeniably, it is relatively easy to get caught up with the social aspects of sharing too much information on your social media.
"Always practice self-regulation whenever you are on the Internet. Be mindful of what you say or share with others. Information about yourself such as name, age, birthday, address and location should be kept private. Such personal data may provide valuable clues for cyber-criminals to crack your security verification," said Chan.
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