Protect yourself by doing these things…




  • Install and use a firewall, pop-up blocker and spyware detector.


  • Ensure that your virus definitions are up to date and run anti-virus and spyware detectors/cleaners regularly.


  • Make Backups of Important Files and Folders to protect important files and records on your computer if your computer malfunctions or is destroyed by a successful attacker?


  • Use strong passwords - Easy to remember and difficult to guess type password. Use alphanumeric and special characters in your password. The length of password should be aslong as possible (More than 8 characters).


  • Assignment of computer to a particular person with password protection in offices.


  • Install the firewall and maintain the logs of firewall.


  • Preservation of evidence (logs/received emails in question etc).


  • Disconnect from internet when not in use.


  • Habitually download security protection update patches & Keep your browser and operating system up to date.


  • Never share photographs in compromise positions.


  • Make the wireless network invisible by disabling identifier broadcasting .


  • Encrypt the network traffic.


  • Change administrator's password from the default password.


  • If the wireless network does not have a default password, create one and use it to protect the network.


  • Disable file sharing on computers.


  • Turn off the network during extended periods of non-use, etc.


  • Avoid online banking, shopping, entering credit card details, etc if the network is not properly secured.


  • Check your online account frequently and make sure all listed transactions are valid.


  • Use a variety of passwords, not same for al of your account.


  • Be extremely wary of spam legitimate looking email asking for confidential information.


  • Never ever click on the link given in the spam email.


  • Be wary of websites that require your card details up front before you actually place an order .


  • Not to believe everything you read online.


  • Take your time - do not rush into things.


  • Always delete spam emails immediately and empty the trash box to prevent accidental clicking on the same link.


  • Avoid posting your cell phone number online.


  • Never respond to text messages from someone you don't know.


  • Never let someone you don't know use your cell phone.


  • Open email attachment carefully.


  • Be careful while downloading any free software or screensaver etc.


  • Not delete email in question, save the email and take out the full header of such email and report the crime.


  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.


  • Be cautious of unsolicited offers. Never purchase anything advertised through an unsolicited email.


  • Beware of promises to make fast profits.


  • Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits.


  • Beware of lotteries that charge a fee prior to delivery of your prize.


  • Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify if the email is genuine.


  • Beware of references given by the promoter.


  • Ensure you understand all terms and conditions of any agreement.


  • Be leery when the job posting claims "no experience necessary".


  • Always type the website address yourself rather than clicking on a link provided.

SOURCE: CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATION CELL, CRIME BRANCH, CID, MUMBAI.

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