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 – Using common sense does make you more secure in the digital world
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Hi. My name is Roger.
And today, I’d like to talk to you about why using common sense makes you more secure in the digital world.
We all know the old adage, there is no such thing as free. Well, in the digital world, it is very, very noticeable. Everybody is after you and they all want something. And the only way to get you to give them something is to give something for free. We see in the marketing a lot with things like e-books, or downloads, or applications.
And you can leave your email address and your first and last name and we’ll send you stuff. But when common sense comes in, is if you want to download that e-book and they’re asking for your date of birth, or your credit card details, or your passport number, then you have to ask yourself why would they need that information?
But we also have things like spam coming to us with Nigerian princes, or we have to go to a post office to pick up a parcel and if you don’t pick it up in the next two days, they are going to start charging you. And again, common sense comes in to it.
If it’s the Nigerian prince, there aren’t anyone left anymore because they’ve quite happily killed them off. If it’s the post office, ask one simple question. How did the post office got your email address? Because they’re sending stuff to your normal everyday address.
But also, look at things like dating sites. The information that you’re putting on to the dating site, how much information do you want to put on there, especially when you getting it’s being delivered to people you don’t know.
Donations is another one. The earthquake that happened in Japan, there was a lot of websites set-up donations. The bad guys also saw of the probability of being able to influence that system and they set-up just as many bad donation sites as there were good.
So, if you want to know more information about using common sense, please contact us. We will get right back to you.
Thank you very much.
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