CWS Bytes - Internet Safety
Mar 23 2021
Hello everyone, MaxSim here!
You might know me as Cable & Wireless’ SIM Card, powered by the fastest LTE -A mobile network in Seychelles! You’ve probably seen me around before, but for now I’ve put my thinking glasses on (as you can see from my new profile picture, I’m looking quite smart! ), and ready for us to discuss topics on our new monthly blog CWS Bytes!
We’ll cover little bytes of what’s been happening at CWS, and in the tech world right now, how exciting! If there’s anything specific you would like for us to discuss, feel free to send over some suggestions on our Facebook & Instagram pages!
So, here’s a byte of Internet Security:
Any home needs security measures to be safe from unwanted visitors, we all lock our doors and carry the keys with us. Internet safety works the same, it keeps all your information safe! This is especially important when we make online payments or share sensitive information, like our address or personal phone number.
Passwords are the key.
Therefore, it’s important to choose a password only you would know, and to make a habit of regularly changing passwords. Want to know if your password is strong? Make sure you check at least 5 of the below:
- The longer the better: recommended is 8 characters and above
- Stay away from the obvious: eg.1234, qwerty,111, password, abcd
- Use a mix of characters (capital and small letters, numbers, symbols): eg. “S£ychELLES!!” Instead of “Seychelles”.
- Avoid easy keyboard paths: like asdf, qwerty or 12345.
- Use a sentence, multiple words will make it hard to crack.
- Use a random password generator.
- Do not share your password with anyone, keep it private.
Just like keys, passwords are a great way to keep your account information available only to you!
Sometimes, thieves can be a little mischievous and try to break in through other ways. It’s important to have many security measures to keep the home safe, like a working alarm system or alert guard dogs!
A trusty antivirus software can help with this! Most computers nowadays come with a trial-version of antivirus software, however it’s important to keep these subscriptions up to date in order to alert us of any malware on our devices. Here’s a handy list of top antivirus services for 2021.
Now that we’ve covered some simple ways of staying safe online, it’s also important to stay alert!
There are many hackers and malware creators that are eager to do harm, so it’s necessary we all take responsibility to pay attention, scams can happen right under your nose!
If you receive an email or message from an unknown person, ask yourself a few questions:
- Is it coming from a reliable source? If it’s a company, you can check directly with the customer service team to see if it’s really them!
- Are they asking for sensitive information? Sensitive information like bank details is normally never shared via email. Check with your official source first.
- Have you won a massive prize, or a bucketload of money? I wish so too, but unfortunately if it sounds too good to be true, it often is.
- Are they asking you to click on a link? It is always best to avoid clicking on any links from unknown sources, through this they can directly download viruses or malware onto your computer! YIKES!
If you ever come across something that looks like it’s from CWS and looks a little off, don’t hesitate to contact our team directly! They will be happy to clarify and doubts you have.
- Help Line – Dial 100 or 428 4000
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Media:
Well, that was a great chat we had, I hope now you know a little more on Internet Security!
I’ll be back next month for another little Byte.