Are you using caution in cyberspace?

Cyberspace is all around us.   It permeates everything that we do in the business and private worlds.   Social media is everywhere, tags, winks and nudges are flowing all over the digital world. M The problem is that although it is there, there are not many of us who give it the true distrust or fear that it should generate.

Cyberspace is an unforgiving place and any small mistake, a slip of your personal information or the incorrect configuration of a system could allow personal information to be exposed.   That is something that needs to be avoided where possible.

The most obvious protection against exposing your self and information is to use common sense.   That doesn’t mean that anti virus, malware protection and correctly configured firewalls are not important but when it comes to posting personal information on the web, common sense is one of the best measures.   If you would not do it in public, shout it from the roof tops, then do not do it on the web.

If you say or post something that would embarrass your mother or grandmother if she heard it on TV, then don’t do it on the Internet.  Although there is a fallacy that anything posted to the internet is always available eventually it will be hard to find but you never know who may find it.   Someone who wants to find out about you may find it and if that someone is going to employ you then you may have lost that plumb job because of a silly little comment from 10 years ago.   Pretty simple isn’t it.

If you are looking for free software, free music or free movies then also be very aware of the damaging effect that this can have.   The copyright problem is probably the least of your problems.  The cyberspace bad guys, virus writers, malware writers and heavy weight criminal people know that one of the Internet uses is to get this type of information.    They write programs into these downloads that will either break your computer or steal your personal information.   So once again – common sense – is the key.

So the best way to protect yourself in cyberspace is to employ a little bit of common sense with how you go about using and getting information

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.