CYBERCRIME PREVENTION TIPS
SECURE YOUR COMPUTERS
- Activate your firewall
Firewalls are the first line of cyber defense; they block connections to unknown or bogus sites and will keep out some types of viruses and hackers.
- keep your windows software updates.
- Use anti-virus/malware software
Prevent viruses from infecting your computer by installing and regularly updating anti-virus software. These steps will be helpful to prevent cyber crimes against your computers.
PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY ONLINE
- Be cautious when giving out personal information such as your name, address, phone number, or financial information on the Internet. Make sure that websites are secure (e.g. when making online purchases) or that you’ve enabled privacy settings (e.g. when accessing/using social networking sites).
- Censor your self on social media. Disclosing where you’re taking your vacation or turning on the tracker enables identity theft. In addition, be mindful of what you post online about others. We sit on vast amounts of data concerning family, friends, and colleagues. Be a good steward of that information. These steps will be helpful to prevent cyber crimes against your personal information.
SECURE YOUR SMARTPHONES
- Always secure your smartphone with a strong password
- Ensure that your device locks itself automatically
- Install security software
- Only download apps from approved sources
- Check your apps permissions
- Don’t miss operating system updates
- Be wary of any links you receive via email or text message
- Turn off automatic Wi-Fi connection
- When browsing or shopping on your phone (or computer), always look for “https” in the URL instead of “HTTP”.
SECURE YOUR ONLINE BANKING
- Never use same PIN CODE for multiple bank accounts
- Never use unprotected PCs at cybercafes for internet banking
- Never keep your pin code and cards together
- Never leave the PC unattended when using internet banking in a public place
- Register for Mobile SMS, Email Transaction Alerts
- Never reply to emails asking for your password or pin code
- Visit banks website by typing the URL in the address bar
- Log off and close your browser when you are done using internet banking
- When using ATM always conceal keypad before entering pin code
- Before using ATM, make sure that there is no extra device installed in the surroundings. These steps will be helpful to prevent cyber crimes against your computers.
SECURE YOUR FACEBOOK
- Use extra security features to access an account (security code, Login alert etc)
- Use login notification alert
- Allow specific individuals to view your contents (Videos, Photos and Friends etc.)
- Control who can contact you
- Block your profile from search engines
- SECURE YOUR WI-FI
- Change Default Administrator Passwords and Usernames of the Wi-Fi Router
- Use a complex password and change Password after regular intervals
- Position the Router or Access Point Safely
- Turn off the Network / Wi-Fi routers if it is not in use.
- These steps will be helpful to prevent cyber crimes against your privacy and personal information.
SECURE YOUR BROWSING
- What you put online will always remain there
- Never trust any free online content
- Dont provide personal information online to get something free
- Don’t click on links inside e-mails or messages
CALL THE RIGHT PERSON FOR HELP in case you are a victim of cybercrime
- Don’t panic! If you are a victim, if you encounter illegal Internet content (e.g. child exploitation, child pornography ) or if you suspect a computer cybercrime, identity theft, or a commercial scam, report this to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) or call 9911.
- If you need help with maintenance or software installation on your computer, consult with your service provider or a certified computer technician.
- you may engage Legal Consultation/pleading services of Pak-Lawyer Associates to secure your legal fundamental rights.