Tom Muleya Fraud Overview
The national cybersecurity threat awareness campaign under the theme ‘Think before you click’ can go a long way in preventing cyber attacks among local Zimbabweans and the Diaspora if people choose to heed the warning.
Every day dozens of people fall victim to a cyber crime business due to careless internet action which all started with a careless click.
In the previous article, we noted that as the majority of Zimbabweans from children to adults are in possession of smartphones, go to cyberspace, an exponential increase in irresponsible behavior and cyber attacks is inevitable.
In support of the November 2021 national cybersecurity awareness campaign, organized under the theme: ‘Think before you click’, Fraud Insight today examines some of the preventative measures that can be considered to minimize the impact of cyber attacks.
The “think before you click” concept is inherently preventative and proactive. Here are some of the general ways to prevent or minimize cyber attacks and Zimbabwe will have a “secure cyberspace with minimal cyber impact.”
- Use strong passwords. Never repeat your passwords on different sites be sure to change your passwords regularly. Make sure you use a strong password using a combination of at least ten letters, numbers, and symbols. A password manager app can help you keep your passwords locked.
- Keep your software up to date. Cyber criminals use known flaws in your software to gain access to your system. Closing these exploits and rifts will make it less likely that you will become a target.
- Manage your social media settings. Make sure to keep your personal and private information locked. Make sure you don’t share your information publicly, for example by posting sensitive information on social media.
- Implementing cybersecurity awareness training for every employee at all levels.
- Talk to your kids about internet threats or cyber attacks. Make sure your kids know they are being hacked in cyberspace or on the internet. Teach them acceptable behavior and internet usage. It also means keeping a constant eye on your children so that they remain protected from internet breaches and threats.
- Take responsibility and take steps to help protect yourself against identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone wrongly obtains your personal data through deceptive or fraudulent means for economic gain. Avoid tricks that ask you to send or pass on personal information. Using a VPN can also help protect the data you send and receive.
- Strengthen your home network. Start with a strong encryption password as well as a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN will encrypt all traffic leaving your devices until it arrives at its destination. A VPN is also good and provides security when using public WiFi.
Take responsibility for yourself. The National Cyber Security Awareness Campaign is a call on all Zimbabweans to think and act responsibly when transacting over the internet to minimize cybercrime. Remember that one careless click can be disastrous.
Get the power of Fraud Insight and be part of a solution to fraudulent scams. Watch for the next issue on Identity Theft which will examine and provide various possible steps one can take to protect against identity theft scams.
For your comments, WhatsApp line: 0772 764 043, or e-mail: [email protected] Tom Muleya is a Deputy Detective Inspector working for the Criminal Investigation Department in Harare.