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May 2015

Staying safe on face book

Having your Facebook account hacked is a nightmare. Having someone access all your private messages, contact your friends, abuse your Facebook page and delete your personal information is a true definition of an intrusion of privacy? It could be a hacker or even a so-called friend who gets hold of your password and posts offensive messages to your Facebook friends. There are however, some actions within Facebook’s settings you can choose to limit the chances of being hacked or cyber-bullied.
Enable Secure Browsing. This will, where possible, encrypt your activity on Facebook thus making it harder for others to access your Facebook information without your knowledge or approval.
Enable on Login Alerts. This will alert you by email or text if somebody who isn’t you is accessing your account.
Add a security code to new devices. For extra caution, set up Login Approvals. This will send a new security code to your mobile phone every time you log into Facebook from an unknown device, which you’ll need to use as your login password.
Change your password regularly and use a unique password. Create a strong Facebook password and make sure it is different from your other online passwords. Use a combination of small and capital letters, numbers and symbols.
Be wary of scams. To avoid downloading malware onto your computer, don’t click on suspicious links. You might even be asked to log in to Facebook again, although this time you’ll log into a different website set up by a hacker to steal your login information.
Keep Your PC Security Updated. In addition to keeping your antivirus updated, keep your Firewall switched on and updated, use the latest version of your chosen browser and regularly download security updates.
Add a secondary email ID to your account. In case your profile is hacked, Facebook will also send account recovery information to the secondary email ID.
Confirm your mobile number. That way, even if you lose or forget your password, Facebook will be able to send you a new one via text message.
Don’t ‘Keep Me Logged In’. At the Log In page, uncheck the checkbox that says Keep me logged in.
Sign Out after use. Lastly but probably most importantly of all, never forget to log out from your Facebook account.
If you believe your Facebook account has been hacked, go to the Facebook Account Compromise Reporting Page, and follow the instructions to report your account as compromised. For further information on Facebook security, go to

Tips to Keep Your Data Secure on the Cloud

For those who are unfamiliar with the term “cloud storage”, it is essentially a way of saving information to the internet. Cloud providers store your files, photos etc to an on-line location, thus offering an alternative backup to conventional methods of file storage. Using cloud storage, you can not only access but also share your files from any computer anywhere in the world since all you need is an internet connection.

But can you be sure that the information you store on the cloud is safe? The short answer is, for the time being, no you can't. However, you can take some protective measures:

1. Keep Your Computer Virus-Free.
It is imperative that your computer is virus-free otherwise you run the risk of revealing your cloud logon details. Make sure your virus scanner and anti-malware software is up-to-date, and that you run your anti-virus scanner on a regular basis.

2. Read The User Guide
If you are not sure what cloud storage to choose or if you have any questions as to how a particular cloud service works, read the user agreement of the service you are planning to sign up for, however boring you may think it is. Be aware that your cloud service provider must also keep your data as safe and secure as they can. A good provider will be able to offer several secure backups of your files, all stored in different locations. If the service provider only has one storage location, or if they reveal the exact physical whereabouts of their servers, their security may be compromised.

3. Be Serious About Passwords.
I know you’ve heard me banging on and on about it in previous blogs, but so many people still do not take password security seriously. Did you know that 90 percent of all passwords can be cracked within seconds?

4. Avoid Storing Sensitive Information
The best way to protect any highly sensitive information is to keep it well away from the virtual world and use an alternative storage solution.

5. Use An Encrypted Cloud Service.
Some cloud services provide local encryption and decryption of your files as well as storage and backup. It means that the service takes care of both encrypting your files on your own computer and storing them safely on the cloud.