The Indian government has prepared a list of safety tips for smartphone users to protect themselves. See what you should and shouldn’t do.
With the increasing dependence on the internet and technology, cybercrime is also increasing. Therefore, it is very important for internet users to be cyber aware. Cyber criminals often find ways to trick users into clicking malicious links by promising them fake rewards and cash. Recently, the Indian government has issued several security threats for Windows users, Zoom and others. India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued an advisory on ‘Best Practices’ that can protect smartphone users from cyber-attacks. These are the things to remember when downloading apps on your smartphone or surfing the web.
How do you protect yourself against cyber attacks?
– Avoid downloading malicious apps from unauthorized sources and always use official app stores such as Google Play Store and App Store.
– Always check apps rating, number of downloads, user reviews, comments and “ADDITIONAL INFORMATION” section before downloading an app, even if you install an app from the official Play Store.
– While downloading an app, always check the app permissions and grant only relevant permissions.
– Do not check the “Untrusted sources” box to install side loaded apps in the settings.
– Install Android updates and patches every time a new update is rolled out.
– Never visit untrusted websites or open untrusted links that come in through unsolicited emails and text messages.
– Always click on URLs that clearly indicate the website domain.
– Continue to install and maintain updated antivirus and antispyware software.
– Use Safe Browsing tools, filtering tools (antivirus and content based filtering) in your antivirus, firewall and filtering services.
-Watch out for shortened URLs, such as those with bit.ly and tinyurl. Click only on URLs that indicate the website domain.
– Install and maintain updated antivirus and antispyware software.
– Consider using Safe Browsing tools, filtering tools (antivirus and content based filtering) in your antivirus, firewall and filtering services.
– Be careful with shortened URLs, such as bit.ly and tinyurl.