Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer discusses – Have you been a target of cybercrime.
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Hello. My name is Roger.
And I’d like to talk to you today about have you been target or a target of cybercrime, and how you can you know if you have.
The telltale signs of a cybercrime being perpetrated against you, there are a number of them. You might get fake antivirus messages. You might get unwanted browser toolbars or redirected internet searches, where the search goes to ask or search.com.
You may have pop-ups, although most browsers nowadays don’t allow pop-ups, but they are available and used as well. You may have friends receiving fake emails from you, or you may get an email asking for an online password change because you need to verify your account.
And all of these things are really noticeable because you are being—you are noticing them because you are not able to do what you normally do. But there are a number of other things. There’s unexpected software installs. So, you might have a piece of software that installs three or four components before it gets to the bit you need.
You might mouse move to the right choices, Yes -No. Oh, what if I click Yes? Your antivirus is being disabled. How about what happens if money is missing? What is your strange process of what you need to do? And if you’re a business, you may get strange phone calls about missing goods that haven’t been delivered that were been paid for. And then you can know that you’ve been a target of cybercrime.
So, what do you do about it? What are the solutions? Well, the solutions are you need to get the basics in place. You need to have complex, unique and passwords that are more than eight characters long. You have to patch everything that is required to be patched.
You have to have a firewall and antivirus in place so that you can actually see that you are being protected. You need to make sure that you backed everything up because if something does happen, you really need to have a place in time that you can go back to and start again.
On top of that, there are two other things. If you are paranoid about the digital world and technology itself, that’s a good thing. Because that will help you protect yourself. And the one that is very hard to get to justify is use common sense.
If that unwanted browser toolbar turns up, how did it get there? What did I do? How do I get rid of it? Or if my searches are being redirected, what do I do? How do I do? How do I sort it out?
And if you have any of those sort of questions, please contact us.
Thank you very much.
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Roger Smith is the CEO of R & I ICT Consulting Services, Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime, author of the Digital Security Toolbox and author of the SME Digital Security Framework. He is a Speaker, Author, Teacher and Educator on cybercrime and how to protect yourself from the digital world.