Internet security checklists for online Users

Internet security checklists

In this very article, I want to talk about internet security. 

As I have rightly indicated, It will be more of a checklist. You can always come back here to confirm whether you are doing it or not. If you are not, it is not too late to adjust. Following the checklist will really keep you safe on the internet. With much ado. Here is the checklist that will keep the Dark Angels at bay.

internet security checlklists

  • Regularly update your Operating systems to the latest version.
  • Set up a firewall to control the flow of information.
  • Ensure you have the latest version of browsers. You have to make sure that you are updating it regularly.
  • Install a safe browsing tool that warns about phishing and block access to malicious websites. 
  • Ensure that you are connected to a secure network when you are using a wireless network.
  • Never respond to unsolicited emails. Do not open any email from an unknown person.
  • Do not click links sent by unknown users.
  • Do not download files from unknown sources.
  • Do not give out personally identifiable information when registering with websites.
  • Do not click any pop up that appears while browsing websites.
  • Regularly scan your system for viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, keyloggers, and other malware using anti-viruses.
  • Update your anti-virus on regular bases.
  • Use a strong password and change them at regular interval.
  • Disconnect the internet if anything suspicious is found on the computer.
  • Always check the address bar for the correct URL.
  • Always check the website certificate, SSL padlock and https.
  • Do not enable ActiveX and Javascript features.
  • Regularly back up important files as part of your checklists.
  • Remove unnecessary protocols from the browser interface.
  • Check router or firewall logs to identify abnormal network connection to the internet.

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Examining the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001

USA PATRIOT ACT

USA PATRIOT Act is an acronym in case you are not aware. It means Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USAPA). The law was passed on October 26, 2001.

USA Patriot Act

Title II enhanced Surveillance Procedure of the act gives law enforcement agents access dialling, signalling and routing information on the internet.

According to the law, law enforcement agents have access to view email that is been sent from one person to another without your consent.

Under these same Act, the government can compel Internet Service Provider to release the subscriber information which includes customer name, address, mode of payment, credit card information as well as their bank account information.

Section 122 of the Act allows the Service provider to voluntarily disclosed customer information if they believe there is a risk of death or bodily wound to an individual or group of people. If they felt you are planning a terror attack, your information can be disclosed to security agencies.

Section 220 of the USA PATRIOT Act gives room for a nationwide search warrant for emails. This gives the government the right to search individual email without going through the Internet Service Provider.

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Introducing Children Online Privacy Protection Act

Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

In my previous article, I have looked at the USA Patriot Act. You can check that article if you have not read it. You really need to study that article to understand how you can protect yourself again cyber predators.
Children Online Privacy Protection Act
The Children Online Privacy Protection Act is relevant for the collection of personal information from children below the age of 13.

The act dictates what the website owner must include in their privacy policy to cover the interest of children visiting their website.
It shows some of the ways that the consent of the parent can be sought when the content owner needs to seek the consent of the parent. It ensures that parents are aware before any information is collected from children under the age of 13.
It also shows the responsibility of the website owners in ensuring that the privacy of the children are protected. They have to be sure that the children are safe on their website. It is expected that every website owner must comply with the provision of COPPA.

This article state that the website owner must provide the link to the privacy policy of their website on their home page.

There are some things that must be included on the privacy page which include:

  • The name and contact page of all the operators collecting and maintaining privacy information of users on the website.
  • It must show the kind of personal information that will be collected on the website.
  • It must show how the personal information collected will be used.
  • You have to state whether the personal information collected will be released to third parties.
  • You have to state whether the information collected will need parent permission before the information are released to third parties.
  • The procedures that the parent should follow to control their children’s personal information.

According to the act, the operator should:

  • Notify the parent that he/she intends to collect their children’s information.
  • Ask the parents’ consent before releasing the information to the third parties public disclosure.
  • Inform the parent about internal use of the personal information.
  • You have to inform the parent if there are changes to the privacy policy of the website.

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Patches for spectre on windows 7 makes the windows crash

Meltdown CPU vulnerability was bad, and Microsoft somehow made the flaw even worse on its Windows 7, allowing any unprivileged, user-level application to read content from and even write data to the operating system’s kernel memory.

For those unaware, Spectre and Meltdown were security flaws disclosed by researchers earlier this year in processors from Intel, ARM, and AMD, leaving nearly every PC, server, and mobile phone on the planet vulnerable to data theft. (more…)

Android Call History and SMS Data For Years where collected for years by facebook

Facebook knows a lot about you, your likes and dislikes—it’s no surprise.

But do you know, if you have installed Facebook Messenger app on your Android device, there are chances that the company had been collecting your contacts, SMS, and call history data at least until late last year.

A tweet from Dylan McKay, a New Zealand-based programmer, which received more than 38,000 retweets (at the time of writing), showed how he found his year-old data—including complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and SMS messages—in an archive he downloaded (as a ZIP file) from Facebook. (more…)

9 Iranians Charged with Hacking Universities to Steal Research Data

 

The United States Department of Justice has declared criminal accusations and authorizations against 9 Iranians engaged with hacking colleges, tech organizations, and government associations worldwide to take logical research assets and scholarly papers.

As indicated by the FBI authorities, the people are associated with the Mabna Institute, an Iran-based organization made in 2013 whose individuals were supposedly contracted by the Iranian government for social event insight.
Though the content of the papers is not yet known, investigators believe it might have helped Iranian scientists to develop nuclear weapons. (more…)

The Leader of Hacking Group Who Stole $1 Billion From Banks Arrested In Spain

Spanish Police has arrested the alleged leader of an organised Russian cybercrime gang behind the Carbanak and Cobalt malware attacks, which stole over a billion euros from banks worldwide since 2013.

In a coordinated operation with law enforcement agencies across the globe, including the FBI and Europol, Police detained the suspected leader of Carbanak hacking group in Alicante, Spain. (more…)

Cryptocurrency Mining Extensions have been banned by google

With an end goal to counteract cryptojacking by expansions that malevolently mine advanced monetary standards without clients’ mindfulness, Google has actualized another Web Store approach that bans any Chrome augmentation submitted to the Web Store that mines cryptographic money. (more…)

2.2 billion facebook users data has been compromise

Facebook claimed that all of its 2.2 billion users should assume malicious third-party scrapers have compromised their public profile information.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday, that “malicious users” took advantage of “Search” tools on its platform to discover the identities and collect information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide. (more…)