By Jennifer Hollett
A top secret memo obtained by CBC News reveals that CSIS is concerned about cyber-attacks on government, university and industry computers. I think that’s good news actually. Our country’s security intelligence service should be sending out memos on internet security. But how about if you’re just one person, on one little computer, how can you become personally more aware and prevent a cyber-attack? Below are five tips to protect yourself online.
1) Change your password. Right now. Make sure it’s not your pet’s name, or any actual word for that matter. Opt for acronyms, with numbers. For example, ThisIsMyNewPassword = timnp + today’s date of May 18 = 05timnp18. But you can have fun with it. Think of favourites sayings or songs.
2) That new password, don’t use it for your Gmail, work email, Facebook, Twitter, online banking, and iTunes. Use different passwords for different sites, and still follow rule #1.
I’m a government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the Vice-President of Cyber at SIRCO, an investigations and protections firm in Montréal, Canada.
I’m also a frequent contributor to National & Global media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.