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Internet Users in U.S., UK Hold Varying Beliefs on Cyber Security

by Admin - on Aug 28th 2017 - Comments Off on Internet Users in U.S., UK Hold Varying Beliefs on Cyber Security

Businessman clicking a VPN icon on a virtual screenDo adult Internet users in the U.S. hold a higher level of awareness in cyber security compared to their counterparts in the UK?

A recent survey of 2,000 adults in both countries revealed different views and perceptions on several topics and best practices for maintaining their online privacy and security while surfing the Internet.

Interesting Beliefs

Despite the survey showing varying results, the attitudes of some Internet users on malware seemed quite an interest. An estimated 300 respondents from the U.S. believed that it could improve Wi-Fi signals. On the other hand, only a handful of British users thought about the same thing.

This misconception among some of the U.S. respondents somehow aligned with another discovery, which involved 58% of users that believed their anti-virus software was enough to ward off a cyber-attack. In the UK, only 37% of the surveyed adults had the same perception. British users were also more doubtful of public Wi-Fi networks, such as those in coffee shops and hotels.

Safety Practices

Best practices for cyber security does not only involve protecting yourself against potential online threats, but also keeping your information private. The need for VPN tunneling software and other products becomes more relevant, due to ransomware attacks such as the WannaCry virus that recently unfolded all over the world.

VPN, short for Virtual Private Network, allows users to mask their identities while surfing the Internet. This is more popular in the U.S than in the U.K., with 65% of American respondents using it compared to 44% of British users, according to the survey.

A strong sense of familiarity with best practices for cyber security becomes increasingly important, amid the growing number of high-profile online threats worldwide. How do you plan to keep your online privacy and security free from viruses and other safety risks?

Can You Trust Your Mobile VPN Provider?

by Admin - on Aug 22nd 2017 - Comments Off on Can You Trust Your Mobile VPN Provider?

Woman using vpn on her laptopVirtual private networks (VPNs) have been popular due to an increased level of data privacy and security, yet being unaware about trusted providers can bring more harm than good.

Mobile VPNs are not immune to this imperfection, especially since the use of smartphones brings a whole new level of risks for careless users.

Australian Research

Those looking for a trusted VPN provider should avoid using free services, according to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia. That’s because providing free services seems to good be true, as the required IT infrastructure for an efficient VPN network carries a hefty price, said Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, an International Computer Science Institute researcher.

In other words, using a free service not only puts your data and online privacy at risk but also allows fake VPN providers to monitor your traffic. For businesses, it’s important to find a trusted third-party provider like DBA Services, preferably those that offer a complete suite of services from a VPN network to remote DBA support. Some providers even offer their services at cheaper costs than hiring an in-house team, which can save expenses for your business.

How VPN Works

For the uninitiated, VPNs protect your online privacy through an encrypted tunnel, which can be done using different protocols. You need to take note that while your Internet service provider can’t see your traffic, they know if you are using one.

Finally, using a VPN network does not fully make you invisible on the Internet. It only makes it harder for hackers to steal your information, or ward off snoopy ISPs that scout for details to be sold to third-party groups.

Conclusion

Data security and online privacy have become more important as more people are online for different reasons. While a VPN network increases your chances to securing your data and online identity, be prepared to spend a certain amount to expect good results.

Is Your Facility Prepared for An Emergency?

by Admin - on Jan 13th 2017 - Comments Off on Is Your Facility Prepared for An Emergency?

secuirty measures in Singapore
Singapore is preparing for an attack. At least, not for an imminent one. But authorities are doing drills in the city as part of the government’s counter-terrorism exercise. While there isn’t a clear and present danger, the training helps troops, volunteers and residents act accordingly, should an attack occur. Can your facility do the same?

A Simple Plan

Your facility may not be the target of an attack, but certain hazards could lead to an accident. The extent of the accident will determine the scale of the emergency response. And the outcome, the damage and injuries or casualties, will then depend on how well your organisation responds to the incident.

A good plan that’s relevant to your operations and resources is a proper start. The next step is to let everyone know that an emergency plan exists, with corresponding procedures for every kind of incident — from a chemical leak to a fire.

One example to follow is the Shell chemical leak and the ExxonMobil chemical plant fire. Both oil companies managed to mitigate the effect of the incidents, with no injuries. Both also continue to improve safety protocols.

Designed for Preparedness

Part of your emergency plan should include facility improvements or upgrades. Mark emergency exits with glow-in-the-dark signs and anti-skid tapes. The same safety precautions your organisation applies to avoid slips, trips or falls could also work in emergencies. Anti-skid floor tapes and visible warning signs can reduce injuries during an evacuation.

To ensure your facility’s emergency preparedness, conduct regular inspections of equipment, structures and vehicles. You should report faulty equipment and structural defects. Make sure relevant personnel know critical valves and switches, for gas or electricity. Also, perform drills and assign emergency responsibilities to employees.

Emergency preparedness helps your organisation secure the safety of employees and the business. Evaluate your facility and existing procedures now. And plan for any disastrous event in the future.

On the Window or on the Wall? Best Locations for CCTV Cameras

by Admin - on Jan 29th 2016 - Comments Off on On the Window or on the Wall? Best Locations for CCTV Cameras

CCTV in NJWhen it comes to home security measures, trust your gut. But every now and then, play the devil’s advocate and ask yourself tough questions. If you have security cameras, one important question you should answer is this: Which areas of your home should you add extra eyes?

Every home has a weak spot. If you have experienced a break-in before, it only makes sense to install cameras in these areas. But if you are new to surveillance equipment in NJ, place your camera in locations that are invisible to intruders’ eyes but have a perfect vista of possible entry points.

The Front and the Back Door

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), 34% of burglars enter a home through the front door. Placing a surveillance camera here ensures footage, in case of a break-in. To prevent criminals from knocking out your camera, install it in the second level or in the eves, and focus it on the front door.

The same applies to your back door. Your cameras should be out of reach and hidden to prevent robbers from destroying them.

Basement Stairs

Basements often have small areas, such as hatches and doors, which are large enough to crawl through. Intruders can gain access to your home by crossing through them.

When it comes to securing your basement, placing a camera by the stairs helps. Using this equipment, you record the activities of wayward thieves sneaking into your home via this route. Install a motion sensor security camera with night vision feature to monitor activities in low-light conditions.

Backyards and Side Gates

Some crooks consider your backyard their pot of gold. They set their eyes on your expensive lawn and garden equipment, children’s toys, and recreational equipment. Secure your backyard by adding motion-sensor floodlights and a night-vision security camera. If your backyard has fences, your camera should have a view of the entrance gate.

Don’t give crooks the chance to invade your home. By strategically placing your security cameras in the right places, you give your home the extra set of eyes that would keep you safe.