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Cyber Safety

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Dear users,

 

It has come to our attention that some of our community are unaware of proper safe practices online, this includes password management, trust and information you give out. These are simple guidelines and information you need to abide by whilst online to ensure you are less likely to become a victim of hackers, crackers and script kiddies. Although this can only protect you so much the majority of perpetrators only hit the vulnerable.

 

Passwords 

This is your key into your account, like the key to your house you shouldn't give it out to anyone or even someone you have met in the street a few times. Trust shouldn't be given away so easy as this can come back to bite you in the ass. How does one gain trust in a virtual reality? The fact is one doesn't. It is far to easy to masquerade as someone else or be someone else until the time is right to implement their attack. So, DO NOT Share your password.

 

This is a list compiled on the top reasons people get compromised:-

 

Basic Security Question you forget you have, Facebook is a perfect tool for crackers these days and i do mean crackers as they are different to hackers. 7/10 people reading this will have their security answers on their profile page without knowing it. Having family members maiden names or middle names becomes a real issue when they are listed on facebook. And the scary thing is you don't even need to know how to hack to get this information.

 

- Your passwords are too short. Having a password shorter than 8 characters in this day is just as bad as not having one at all. Remembering your password is like remembering your bank pin you have a method on how to remember it. But with threats all around us password brute force attacks and shoulder surfers (People looking over your shoulder as you type) can easily reveal your password in seconds. Don't be fooled though a long password isn't the best either.

 

- Password Complexity, Having a password or all letters or all numbers only gives you a possible keyspace of 37 to the power of the length of your password, Now the keyspace is the amount of characters you can choose from, making that keyspace as wide as possible is the best way to improve your password strength. Adding lowercase and uppercase takes you from a 27 letter keyspace up to a 54, adding symbols and numbers can take it even higher. Now even though we hash and salt passwords, these only add as much protection as you have in the first place.

 

- Writing Passwords Down, Don't do it, Your password should be in one place only and that is your head. I mentioned before about shoulder surfers but even having friends around your house can result in the same cataclysmic events. 

 

- Password Overuse, Now We've touched base saying a password is a great way to protect yourself however it's not foolproof, and if you are using the same password on multiple sites, games and services as soon as they find one weakness in security questions or old accounts you thought you didn't have anymore they gain access to everything. Honestly myself, i stick to the golden rule, Email, Bank, Paypal are all different. As for games i might only change the placement of the characters in my password in a routine although they are different they are also very similar.

What can you do?, You can assess the health of your security right now by checking how many sites you use the same password for and also check the complexity and strength of your passwords here: https://www.microsof...rd-checker.aspx

 

So, If i do this I've got a strong security baseline? The short answer is No. Here are some more tips to staying safe on the web

 

- When torrenting, downloading or looking up porn, Don't do it on the same computer you bank on or keep important or confidential information on, Hell if possible keep the torrent computer on a separate network to your personal computer. Downloading from reputable sources is pretty safe but sites like cnet, pirate bay etc are not always secure.

 

- A Internet Security Suite, This is a great and should be mandatory way to protect yourself, they don't protect against everything but they can keep you from becoming an unaware victim or a botnet (using your computer to perform illegal activities without your knowledge). There are some great free ones out there and even better cheap subscription based ones. If you don't have one get one. And scan your computer regularly.

 

- Don't insert random media into your computer, You don't know where it's been or what it does. Once a usb is inserted it can as quickly as you put it in, install hundreds of loopholes, backdoors and rootkits into your system for later use.

 

- If you play at an internet cafe, Be sure they scan their computers and lockdown their hardware. Ensure when you get up for any reason to log out or lock the computer, Never leave it running and before you go home clear the cookies and internet cache.

 

Account protection is ultimately in your court. If you provide a proactive method to this, you make an attempted attack on you 1,000 times harder and ultimately this will determine your fate.

 

Adori, [GM]SunChild, w1cked and 1 other like this

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