Are you doing enough?
Thanks for checking my blog once again. In my last post, we discussed the transition of traditional website to mobile apps. I am sure you’d agree with me that mobile app is now widely used globally at the expense of traditional website.
This week, we are breaking down this post into three parts: Terms and Condition, Password and browser.
Terms and Condition
I am sure countless numbers of people reading this blog would be like “oh yeah I am safe”. To start with, how many times have you hit the accept button without carefully reading the terms and conditions of a website? As we all know, humans are naturally impatient, no one is interested in reading the supposedly jargon written in mobile app stores or traditional websites terms and conditions. Contrary to what you think, it’s imperative that you carefully read the terms and conditions of websites. Not reading the simple contractual terms and condition can result to big problems. For instance, mobile app that appeared to be free might have in-app purchase as you continue using it functions. Also, people are often surprised they are liable to pay for returns of unwanted items purchased online. Returns policy is frequently stated in the terms and conditions of websites and the fee can be expensive. Survey shows 7% of people read the full terms and condition when buying online, while a fifth say they have suffered due to negligence (Smithers, 2011).
It’s imperative that you create password that is strong enough to withstand attack from people who are trying to breach your privacy. Ideally, your password should contain symbols, lowercase, uppercase, space and any letter sequences. For instance, create a phrase like this: I hope Manchester City Will Win The Champions League in 2016! Hence, the phrase would result to: IhMCwwTCLi2016! (O’Reilly, 2011).
Other Ways of Protecting Your Password
- Use a password manager: You can store your password on a portable storage device or on the cloud. The obvious risk is that you lose the device or the vendor server is hacked.
- Shut down or lock your computer: Don’t leave your PC unattended to – for instance, if you need to use the toilet, shut it down or lock it as “frenemies” may tamper with your system to change your password.
- Avoid using obvious words like date of birth or dictionary words.
With your password on point it’s time to ensure that your browser is secure. Failure to secure your web browser can result to variety of computer problems caused by malware being installed without your knowledge to disrupt your computer (US-CERT, 2015)
Other Ways of Securing Your Browser
- Delete all unwanted add-ons
- Keep your software up to date
- Use VPN to create secure connection across the internet
- Use HTTPS: It provides confidentiality; your information is prevented from attackers as only your browser and the server can decrypt the traffic (Shema, 2011).
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I hope all the things I shared in this blog are exhaustive enough to safeguard your data from phishing activities.
Cawley, C. (2012, June 6). What To Do If You Think Your Computer Has Been Hacked Into. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from makeuseof: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-to-do-if-you-think-your-computer-has-been-hacked-into/
O’Reilly, D. (2011, December 24). How to Master The Art of Passwords .
Pluralsight. (2015, July 8) How passwords get hacked, and how to prevent it. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ5iiMRFssc.
Shema, M. (2011, May 31). Web Security: Why You Should Always Use HTTPS.
Smithers, R. (2011, November Wednesday). Terms and conditions: not reading the small print can mean big problems . Consumer right .
US-CERT. (2015, September 8). Securing Your Web Browser .