Practise safe email and virus or malware protocol by not opening messages from unknown senders, immediately delete spam messages, use reputable and reliable security software products, use antivirus protection and get anti-spyware software protection, advised BruCert security analyst Nomi Hafiz Zakiah binti Haji Pawi, in her presentation ‘Have You Been Hacked’ for Digital Technology Week 2021, part of the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021.
She said that having obtained information from someone’s computer, criminals will use the data for identity theft and take over the victim’s online accounts, or use it for target phishing attacks and extortion.
She also said mass emails from one’s email account, frequent computer crashes and password changes are among the warning signs that one’s computer has been hacked.
The stolen personal information would also be used to harm companies, hijack usernames and passwords, steal money and bank accounts, request new account pins or credit cards, in addition to making purchases and obtaining cash advances.
She also said that as of January 2020, there were 410,000 social media users in Brunei Darussalam, with the country in second place globally for the highest social media penetration.
Nomi Hafiz Zakiah revealed that in 2020 and 2021, the majority of complaints BruCert received were about WhatsApp accounts being hacked.
Some best practices in using social media were outlined such as verifying sources, filtering followers, maintaining privacy, not accepting strangers, using a proper e-commerce site, avoiding questionable websites, downloading only software from trusted websites, and being wary of email attachments.
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