How to stay safe online

Security

by Duncan MacRae| 14 February 2014

CBR has teamed up with Lee Weiner, SVP of products and engineering at security management firm Rapid7, to bring you a series of useful guides that will help you stay safe online. Today, he emphasises the importance of being vigilant.

In all the topics we've covered in our articles this week, there has been a key underlying theme - vigilance. In this last post, we really want to help hammer home the message and help users to understand why vigilance is so important.

Be Vigilant!

From when we are small we're taught about obvious risks and encouraged to adopt certain types of vigilant behaviour to protect ourselves, to the point that it's become second nature. You look both ways before crossing the road. You don't stick a fork in the toaster. You wear a seatbelt when driving. The list is endless. We are encouraged at every point to take our physical safety seriously and to protect ourselves.

Yet we do not widely exercise the same degree of vigilance when it comes to our virtual safety, despite having reached a point where we all practically exist online. From dating to banking and mortgage applications to business networking, our digital DNA is enormous. As a result our level of exposure is immeasurable, both on a personal and professional level. Whilst you may never see your attacker,they have the potential to cause you serious trouble.

We need to adopt the same kind of vigilance to protect ourselves when we're engaging with technology as we would walking down a dark street late at night. Be aware, consider the risks, and limit your vulnerability.

Check out the next page for our top safety tips!

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