Online scammers and hackers have tripled, with many people going online during the pandemic. Cases increased tremendously, and an alarming number of victims are causing a lot of people concern, especially here in the Philippines.
We have informed many people, time and time again, to always think before clicking, but somehow people have forgotten about this. This adage is not only for posting personal thoughts on social media but also when getting suspicious links via messaging apps, emails, or even SMS. Until now, they kept on falling for it.
Aside from that, the leaking of information from major websites is also of great concern. You are now getting personalized spam messages on your phone about almost anything under the sun, which isn’t enjoyable. It is annoying as they send a bunch of messages in a day.
With these, here are some practical reminders that I can suggest to combat these kinds of digital problems:
Think before you click.
Do you think I wouldn’t add this? Well, I will and always will. It will always be number one. With links spreading everywhere, including our phones, you must learn how to analyze the link before clicking. No matter how appealing the preview of the link is, you should make sure that the link is safe.
Chance your passwords regularly.
A lot of information has been hacked. We don’t know which one, but we all know we are bombarded by spam SMS and emails. So, it is better to change passwords regularly as we don’t know if the websites that have our information has been compromised.
Keep your apps or programs up to date.
Updates are necessary, as most are done to fix bugs and loopholes. So every time an update is required, you should do it with no hesitation since this is for your safety.
Get a new mobile number.
This is not practical for some. If you have been using your mobile number to fill-out forms publicly, for online delivery, and others, I suggest you change it if you have linked this mobile phone to your bank accounts and other important websites. We don’t want to share our mobile number with a compromised database, do we?
Expand your knowledge.
To make yourself updated with these trends, attending events just like DECODE 2022 can help expand your knowledge. Some may think these events are for those working in the same industry, but actually, it is not. This is for everyone who got something to do with online security. We need to be abreast of these trends to know how to prevent future issues.
These can be practical and basic, but this is a good reminder that we should still be doing it to prevent digital problems from happening to us.
DECODE 2022: Detect & Respond
Trend Micro Philippines continues its free yearly cybersecurity conference this 2022 entitled DECODE 2022: Detect & Respond. This virtual conference will take place on November 28 and 29, 2022. Industry leaders worldwide will discuss the latest trends, threats, technologies, and opportunities in cybersecurity.
Trend Micro’s reason for holding these conferences is to keep cybersecurity professionals informed, knowledgeable, and well-networked with their peers in the industry, especially with the latest cyber threats.
Decode 2022 will have six keynote presentations and over 40 sessions across four key tracks. Those present will learn about identifying security gaps, risk levels, and how to act fast against different threats.
Take advantage of this free conference and keep abreast of all the latest happenings in cyber security.
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Learn about recent and relevant developments in the security industry, including emerging threats and vulnerabilities, deepfakes, fake news, scams and spam, IoT and critical infrastructures, and threat hunting and incident response. DECODE is the largest cybersecurity conference in the Philippines hosted by Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity. Register for free and participate in DECODE 2022: Detect & Respond at www.decodeph.com.