News:  Here are 7 tips for securing your personal details.

News: Here are 7 tips for securing your personal details.

Some people take cybersecurity for granted, but this needs to change. Your safety lies in your hands. Be vigilant and alert all the time. Train yourself to think about cybersecurity proactively. It can help you overcome cyber attacks and security problems online. Maintaining cyber hygiene should be your everyday activity.

  1. Use Encrypted Networks

Surfing the web from home through an unencrypted network leaves you vulnerable to other malicious third parties and hackers.

It leads to a disclosure of your IP address, a loss of privacy, and even potentially leakage of personal information to cybercriminals.

Use a VPN to hide your IP address and encrypt your internet connection from home so that it won’t be easily seen by others online. A VPN creates encryption to protect private information and sensitive data.

  1. Use multiple authentications

Spam mails are created by hackers to steal sensitive information such as passwords and bank account data.

Such mails try to produce tricks pressuring the recipient to open the package. These mails generally came to fool the receiver on behalf of spammed illegal bodies.

Using multiple authentications tool will warn you as soon as the fraud emails are received. Such tools search the sender and classify spam emails based on incorrect, misleading, or deceiving domains.

  1. Set Strong Passwords

Most of the time, cybercriminals try to break the passwords first.

Cyberattackers easily hack weak passwords and get access to your confidential data.

It is recommended that you set strong passwords for all of your accounts. Be cautious with password selection. Always provide unique passwords to protect them. Never use all the accounts with the very same passwords, neither save your passwords on the desktops or your PCs.

  1. Read the Terms and Conditions

Not all of the applications available on the Internet for download are safe.

Many applications have malicious code that could jeopardise your privacy.

Always read before uploading any document about their terms and conditions. It will help you ensure the application is secure and legitimate. Check its ratings and reviews. Public reviews matter a lot in identifying illegal applications available online.

  1. Don’t share your personal details

Hackers use social engineering to get you to share information about yourself.

Hackers can use shared information for different attacks over the websites.

Do not exchange any sensitive details over SMS or a call to any website. Test the identity of the banking sites before sharing the transactions with OTP.

  1. Monitor banking accounts.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you should keep a regular eye on your banking and credit card accounts. If you see transactions that you do not recognise, contact your banking institute to dispute them.

  1. Enable SMS alerts.

If you want to make sure that you’re up to the minute with your banking, you can set up SMS alerts when transactions are made. If you do not recognise one, you can contact the bank immediately vs. seeing this online a few days later.

Sign up for an identity theft monitoring service. There are countless services out there that can help secure your online and real world identity. This type of service could be useful if you are impacted or are afraid that you may have been.

Report identity theft to the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) on

0860 101 248 or at


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