Here are Cyber Security Tips from IPB University


Cyber-crime doesn't just attack big companies. Small businesses, groups, charities, and even individuals also have the potential to become victims. Therefore, protecting personal data during activities with computer networks is something that needs to be considered.

Abrar Istiadi, S.Kom, MKom, Supervisor of System Information Development at the Directorate of Information System and Digital Transformation (DSITD) IPB University shared some tips in securing data in computer networks.

"The first tip, use a strong password consisting of a combination of lowercase and capital letters, numbers, special characters and not too short," said Abrar.

In addition, he said, it is not recommended to use the same password for multiple accounts. This will make it easier for cyber criminals to take multiple accounts at the same time. It is also strongly discouraged to use combinations of easy-to-guess passwords, such as names of children or pets, dates of birth, addresses, and similar public information that can be easily guessed by viewing a Facebook profile or through a Google search.

Abrar explained, it is highly recommended to change passwords periodically. According to him, changing the password must be done after someone loses and sells their gadget.

"To help remember the passwords we have, we can use a password manager application to manage passwords for multiple accounts," said Abrar.
 
Password manager is an application that generates new and random passwords for all visited sites. The password manager will also store user password information in a secure virtual vault. Then, when a user visits a site or opens an application that requires a password, the password manager will automatically fill in the username and password for the user.

"We can also activate two-factor authentication, for example by verification of short message services (SMS) if the system provides it. However, never give a PIN or OTP code that is sent to a phone number to other people,” explained Abrar.

Abrar continued, in terms of maintaining gadgets, avoid installing pirated software or applications or opening files from sources whose security is not guaranteed. The reason is, software or applications from untrusted sources have the potential to carry viruses and malware.

"We are also not recommended to install add-ons or browser plugins that are not needed to minimize security risks to the computer," said Abrar.

He also advised to ensure that the software and web browsers used are always updated, because software updates not only provide new features that will provide a more enjoyable work experience but also a better level of security. Don't forget to back up important files to the cloud such as Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, and other storage regularly. This backup is important to do to avoid data loss due to various reasons such as system crash, malware infection, hard drive crash and failure, and others.

“Finally, install reputable antivirus and antimalware software. Antivirus provides proactive protection because it can detect and remember the type of virus so that it can prevent it in the future. Having these two applications maximizes protection against the increasing threat of malware attacks," Abrar concluded. (*) (IAAS/SYA



Published Date : 24-Feb-2022

Resource Person : Abrar Istiadi, S.Kom, MKom

Keyword : IPB, Internet, Malware, Password, Virus

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