Locking Your Cyber Doors is Key

Would you leave the front door of your house unlocked?

Chances are you would not. Yet, thousands of Singaporeans are doing the cyber equivalent of just that daily by sharing their passwords and leaving mobile devices unprotected.

A recent survey with 1,009 people by security firm Norton showed that cybercrimes are on the rise, and cost victims both time and money.

The same survey showed that nearly a quarter do not password-protect their devices. This is like "leaving your home open to everyone, not just your neighbours," says Symantec's director of security response in Asia Mr John Bai.

The big irony is, among those surveyed, 80 per cent of respondents worried about falling victim to cybercrime. Over half felt that identity theft is now more likely than ever, and most thought sharing e-mail passwords with a friend was riskier than lending them their car.

It is high time we protect ourselves. Use passwords, make them complex, change them regularly and do not share them. When travelling overseas, deactivate the magnetic stripes on credit cards to prevent cloning, and think twice before sharing your account information with e-commerce sites.

Do you have an experience with cybercrime or advice you’d like to share? Let us know!

Source: “Lock your cyber doors” (The Straits Times, 26 Nov 2015)

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