Cyber Vigilance Update

Today’s Connection

Cyber Engage Update - 14/12/2022 (#10) (#12) (#14)

Office Alert

Digital Clean Up

Get your House in Order Before Santa and his Helpers Arrive!

Whilst you sit back and relax over the Holidays, consider spending some time cleaning up your digital workspace.

Here are a few tips for refreshing, renewing, and reinvigorating your cyber life. By taking a few minutes to include these digital areas of focus, you can ensure that your data and devices are that much safer for the year ahead.

Online Accounts

Start by considering what accounts – including email, social networks, clubs and organisations, shopping website and cloud storage accounts – you have for both work and home.

  • Do you need them all?
  • Is there information in those accounts that is not needed anymore, such as credit cards saved in your accounts with shops and old documents on cloud storage accounts?
  • Are there accounts that you do not use anymore and can close, like that old email account you never check?
  • Are you using the same password across any of these accounts that you could easily make unique and more secure?

Email Accounts

Many email providers have limits on mailbox sizes, and for security reasons it is always smart to limit what is available through your email account.

  • How many emails are in your inbox – are there any you can file into folders or delete?
  • Is there information in your accounts that you can archive or delete?
  • When was the last time you cleared out your deleted items or trash folder?
  • Can you set a rule that will automatically empty your deleted items or trash folder on a regular basis?
  • Unsubscribe to recurring emails that no longer interest you.

Social Media

It is a good idea to refresh your social media accounts by taking a few minutes to review your security settings, friends, and connections as well as posts to make sure you’re still comfortable with them.

  • Is the information on your social networking and job websites – including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn – current?
  • Do your security settings ensure that only the authorized individuals can view what you post?
  • Do you still use or need all the social media sites registered to you?

Devices

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers make your life so much easier, and here is your chance to ensure that does not change.

  • Delete unused apps and clear out any downloads you are not using any more.
  • Make sure your device requires a password, PIN, or fingerprint to log in.
  • Check for old files that can be archived or deleted. Do not forget to empty the recycling/trash bin, if necessary.
  • Make sure your device’s security and anti-virus software is up to date and working properly.
  • Make sure all software is patched and set to auto-update.

Web Browser Settings

Many browsers can store your passwords or autofill settings, but over time, the data stored by the browser can accumulate.

  • Take a few minutes to check your browser settings, clear out old data and ensure your browser’s security settings are keeping you safe.
  • Make sure that autofill does not contain sensitive information and that you do not store your passwords in your browser.
  • Do you need all the browsers on your system?

Home Networks

Take time to look at what is on your home network and how you are connecting to the internet.

  • Make sure your home router is secured with a complex and unique password and that its broadcast name does not identify it as belonging to you.
  • Set up your wireless router to use a current encryption standard, such as WPA2. It will strengthen your home network security.
  • See if there are additional security features you can turn on or install, such as firewalls or antivirus software.

Back Things Up

Make sure you are saving the right files and that you can restore everything from your backup, since a backup that you cannot restore from is not useful at all.

Take Out the Trash

Are there old devices in your house or office that should be recycled? If so, many towns and stores support recycling initiatives and will help you properly dispose of them.

Just make sure to remove and shred or destroy hard drives and other components that might contain sensitive data.

Home Alert

Fly the Cyber Friendly Skies

Cyber Security whilst Travelling

It is the time of year where many of us take the chance to travel and enjoy the holidays away from home. The more you travel and access the internet on the go, the more cyber risks you face. It is just as important to practice safe online behaviours as it is at home or the office. Here are few tips you can follow to stay safe online when traveling.

Before You Go

  • Update your mobile software. Keep your operating system software and apps updated. This will improve your device’s ability to defend against malware.
  • Back up your information. Back up your contacts, photos, videos and other mobile device data with another device or cloud service.
  • Set up the "find my device feature" on all your devices. This will help you find your phone, tablet or laptop if you lose it and might allow you to disable or wipe data from it if it gets in the wrong hands.
  • Keep it locked. Get into the habit of locking your device when you are not using it. Also use strong PINs and passwords.

While You Are There

  • Stop auto connecting. Disable remote connectivity and Bluetooth so that you only connect to wireless and Bluetooth networks when you want to.
  • Think before you connect. Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot – like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, train/bus station or café – be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate.
  • Do not conduct sensitive activities, such as online shopping, banking or sensitive work, using a public wireless network.
  • Only use sites that begin with “https://” when online shopping or banking.
  • Using your mobile network connection is generally more secure than using a public wireless network.
  • Think before you click. Use caution when downloading or clicking on any unknown links. Delete emails that are suspicious or are from unknown sources. Review and understand the details of an application before installing.
  • Guard your mobile device. To prevent theft and unauthorised access or loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices, including any USB or external storage devices, unattended in a public place.

This week's Training module

MODULE 4

Cyber Threat Reporting (1/1)

Cyber Security Vigilance Program

Version 16-11-2022

Cyber Security Vigilance

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