Tuesday 1 May 2012

tips for cyber security for children and others

Cyber Security (Official Government Tips)

Here is what the Indian Government's premier Cyber Security Cops ("CBI") advise you to do in the name of "security"

Online Security Tipes

Tips for Children

* Do not give out identifying information such as Name, Home Address, School Name or Telephone Number in a chat room.

* Do not send your photograph to any one on the Net without first checking with the parent or guardian.

* Do not respond to messages or bulletin board items that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent or threatening.

* Never arrange a face to face meeting without telling parent or guardian.

* Remember that people online may not be who they seem to be.

Tips for parents

* Use content filtering softwares on your PC to protect children from pornography, gambling, hate speech, drugs and alcohol.

* There are also softwares to establish time controls for individual users (for example blocking usage after a particular time at night) and log surfing activities allowing parents to see which sites the child has visited. Use these softwares.

Protect Yourself and Your PC

* Use the latest version of a good anti-virus software package which allows updations from the Internet.

* Use the latest version of the operating system, web browsers and e-mail programs.

* Don't open e-mail attachments unless you know the source. Attachments, especially executables (those having .exe extension) can be dangerous.

* Confirm the site you are doing business with. Secure yourself against "web-spoofing". Do not go to websites from email links.

* Use hard to guess passwords that contain mixes of numbers and letters. They should not be dictionary words. They should combine upper and lower case characters.

* Use different passwords for different websites.

* Send credit card information only to secure sites

* Use a security program that gives you control over "cookies" that send information back to websites. Letting all cookies in without monitoring them could be risky.

Protect Your Website

* Stay informed and be in touch with security related news.

* Watch traffic to your site. Put host-based intrusion detection devices on your web servers and monitor activity looking for any irregularities.

* Put in firewalls.

* Configure your firewalls correctly.

* Develop your web content off line.

* Make sure that the web servers running your public web site are physically separate and individually protected from your internal corporate network.

* Protect your databases. If your web site serves up dynamic content from a database, consider putting that database behind a second interface on your firewall, with tighter access rules than the interface to your web server.

* Back up your web site after every updation, so that you can re-launch it, immediately, in case of a malicious defacement.
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