Aotearoa People's Network

Cyber Security Awareness Week

Cyber Security Awareness Week may have a rather imposing name with all those capital letters but really, it's all about encouraging people to take the caution and commonsense they'd use in the physical world and apply it in an online context.

Online safety organisation, Netsafe has produced a series of short, funny videos highlighting some simple ways that digital citizens can increase their cyber-security.

There's making sure your home Wi-Fi is secure...

Common Sense Computing. no 31. Wireless networks from NetSafe on Vimeo.

...making smart choices about passwords (warning: contains violence against eggs)...

Common Sense Computing. no. 17. Passwords from NetSafe on Vimeo.

...and making back-ups of important data (even more violence, this time against garden gnomes)

Common Sense Computing. no.24 Backups from NetSafe on Vimeo.

Naturally using public Internet at a library is a slightly different scenario to home use but a lot of the same principles apply. Our top cyber security tips for users on the APNK network are:

  • Restart the computer after you have finished using it. All APNK PCs reset themselves after reboot which means any files, browsing history or cookies will be erased. This means no one using the machine after you will have access to any of your information.
  • Take memory cards and USB drives with you when you've finished. It can be easy to walk away from a machine and leave these things attached. It's a particularly bad move if your USB drive is attached to your key-ring (yes, I've done that)!
  • Have a back-up copy. As mentioned in our first point, any temporary files that were on the PC will be erased when it reboots. If those family pictures are really precious, don't erase them from your memory card until you've saved them online or onto another device (preferably both). They will not be saved on the computer.
  • Exercise caution when clicking any link inside an email that says it's from a bank. If in doubt contact your bank directly.
  • If a website requires passwords/credit card/personal information, make sure the URL (web address) begins with https.
  • When using APNK Wi-Fi make sure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and security patches.

If in doubt check out the following links for further information:

Is my laptop secure on the Wi-Fi network?

Is it safe to use public computers?

Security Central website



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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