Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web!
#OnThisDay, Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, issued a proposal titled “Information Management: A Proposal” which saw the birth of the World Wide Web. After various developments throughout the years, Berners-Lee recognised that the web’s true potential would only be unleashed if anyone, anywhere could access it without paying a fee or requesting permission.
30 years later, this ideology remains and has allowed the web to become a vast global network, connecting over 3 billion people. Whilst the web offers a space for people to connect, the web has also developed into a hub for cyber criminals who seek to obtain your personal information.
To celebrate 30 years of the web, Curious Frank is giving you 30 essential tips to ensure that your time on the World Wide Web is safe, secure and fun!
1. Don’t click on strange looking links on the web, including social media and through email.
2. Avoid clicking on links that offer you an exclusive deal, such as vouchers that may appear on your newsfeed, and more recently, through messenger apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
3. Use a robust spam filter and use an anti-virus software which scams emails for vulnerabilities.
4. Always double check web addresses – always make sure the site’s address starts with “https” instead of just “http” and has a padlock icon in the URL field.
5. Don’t use Public Wi-Fi to access online banking, personal accounts or to shop online.
6. Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when using Public Wi-Fi for added security.
7. Use an Adblocker – adblockers may protect you from malware embedded in advertising presented by the shadier websites you may wander across on the web, and sometimes even legitimate sites.
8. Be selective of what you share online – too much information can lead to your identity being stolen, people can even use information to guess your passwords!
9. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know
10. Create strong passwords – use 12+ characters– include numbers, symbols, capital and lower-case letters.
11. Change your passwords frequently, never use the same one for multiple accounts
12. Use two factor authentications if available.
13. Ensure that you use a firewall
14. Don’t open suspicious emails, even if they are from someone you know.
15. Don’t click on PDF attachments, as they can contain malware
16. Back up your data regularly, store it in more than one location just incase.
17. Always keep your computer’s operating system and software up to date
18. Be conscientious of what you plug into your computer – Malware can be present on infected hard-drives, disk drives and even smartphones.
19. Never leave your devices unattended, even in the workplace.
20. Restrict Access to sensitive data.
21. Encryption is key – encrypt your hardware and software, including files and data stored on the cloud.
22. Realise that you are a target – No matter how big or small your business is, cyber criminals will still seek to obtain your information, this also applies to individuals.
23. Increase employee awareness of cyber security to reduce the possibility and impact of attacks
24. Test your employees on their awareness – 25% of data breaches are caused by human error.
25. Actively review, test and update your cyber security policies.
26. Have an incident response plan in place – being adequately prepared to deal with cyber-attacks will go a long way towards minimising the impact. Know what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it and ensure that you have the necessary information, materials, skills and capabilities to do it effectively.
27. Test your response plan on a regular basis by using a variety of different scenarios to uncover where improvements can be made.
28. Educate your friends and family about Curious Frank’s latest tips.
29. Look out for the latest scams and learn how to avoid them.
30. Check out Curious Frank’s Cyber Security Factsheets for the latest advice and information about the latest cyber threats.
We hope you enjoyed those tips! Do you need further information and advice? Please get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Curious Frank Team