1. Internet security is an ongoing challenge – but it is a challenge that must be met if you are to enjoy a safer and more secure online experience. As Internet users, we are all required to play our part in promoting and practising a “culture of cyber security”.
2. The South African iCode recommends that the following steps be taken to help ensure that your computer stays adequately protected for a safer and more secure online experience:
(a) Stop and think before you click on links or attachments. Don’t open or respond to suspicious emails or attachments from unknown sources. Don’t click on links in emails requesting your personal details.
(b) Take action immediately if you suspect your computer has been compromised. Change your passwords immediately and contact your bank if you suspect personal financial information has been stolen.
(c) Keep your anti-virus and other security software updated.
(d) Install a firewall to prevent unauthorised access to your computer.
(e) Turn on automatic updates so that all your software receives the latest fixes.
(f) Get a stronger password and change it regularly.
(g) Check your “sent items” file or “outgoing” email. If you find unknown messages in your out box, it is a sign that your computer may be infected with spyware, and may be part of a botnet.
(h) Stop and think before you share any personal or financial information about yourself, your friends or family online.
(i) Configure your wireless network securely. If you are using a wireless router/modem, enable the security features with a strong password. Use WPA or WPA2 encryption on your Wi-Fi equipment (WEP is an older standard and is less secure). Refer to your router/modem manual or contact your ISP for further details.
(j) Use the most recent Operating System whenever possible.
(k) Know what your children are doing online. Make sure they know how to stay safe and encourage them to report anything suspicious. For further information about online safety go to the following sites: