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Tips to Improve Your Cybersecurity

By on August 15, 2016

SAN JUAN— Users are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain as prudence plays an essential role when deciding what information to share.

“Social media are constantly inviting us to share what we do and where we are, but you must be careful because there are people with bad intentions lurking. Services like Facebook are free, but the truth is that we pay with our personal data. More than with the platform itself, security lies in the user’s level of caution. In cybersecurity, we acknowledge that most of the time the [level of] safety exerted by the user determines whether the system will be vulnerable or not,”Prosecutor Rafael Sosa Arvelo says.

Along the same lines, José Quiñones, hacker and president of Obsidis Consortia, says that the wide range of social networks makes it difficult for users to protect their information because “it is very hard to tell someone not to post a photo on Instagram if they already have the application available. Disinformation is the most powerful weapon we currently have.”

Therefore, the hacker suggested the following measures to use the Internet in a safer manner:

  1. Avoid unnecessary information sharing. For example, do not share location, vacation plans or say where you are and what you are doing.
  2. Do not give out personal information or make direct reference to family members.
  3. If you are going to create an account, unless it is with a bank, do not provide your real date of birth; use a nickname, etc.
  4. Use false answers when you fill out security questions.

Sosa Arvelo also recommended not using the same password for the different social networks, cloud access or other services, “because if an account were compromised, hackers would have access to all others. In addition, on services requiring more sensitive information and where having a password is not enough, opt for double authentication.”

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Spring is a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure that you're adequately protected against hackers. A personal cybersecurity clean up should involve evaluating all your passwords, updating your software and taking stock of exactly where all your personal information is stored. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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