Cargo Learning Academy

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Always vigilant

Always secure

Security starts with education.

Security is vital to both the health and safety of individuals as well as to the health and safety of an organization. We here at Cargo Learning Academy are fully embracing Security Culture and have made a point to encourage everyone else to do the same.

Though there are countless things surrounding the concept of "Security", here are but a few important ones to help kick-start your journey towards a more secure future:


1. Remove adware from your devices

Adware collects information about you. This includes personal information such as purchasing habits, search patterns and a bunch of other private information that identifies who you are. This information is then transmitted and sold across the internet to serve you more targeted ads. It's best to rid your computer of all forms of adware to maintain your privacy. A typical adware remover is AdwCleaner which cleans adware and other unwanted programs from your computer.

2. Train your employees

Cybersecurity is fundamentally linked to the training of your employees.

The key to making cybersecurity work is to make sure your employees well are trained, in sync, and consistently exercising security practices. One mistake from an improperly trained employee can cause an entire security system to crumble.

3. Check links before you click on them

Links can easily be disguised as something they’re not so it’s best to double check before you click on a hyperlink. On most browsers, you can see the target URL by hovering over the link. Do this to check links before you click on them.

4. Use HTTPS on websites you are building

Having an SSL certificate installed and HTTPS enabled on your website will help encrypt all information that travels between a visitor's browser and your web server.

5. Double check for HTTPS on websites you are visiting

HTTPS is the Secure method of browsing a website because with normal HTTP websites, you can never be too sure if the information passed between your device and the website is secure or not. Most browser will indicate whether the current site is using HTTPS or not. Use this website to learn more.

Lucky for you, Cargo Learning Academy has built this website in a way to ensure that you will always be using the HTTPS protocol when browsing out pages.

6. Don’t store important information in non-secure places

When storing sensitive data online, you want to keep it in a location that can't be accessed by users who aren't authorized to view that data.

This was one of the goals of the POPI (Protection of Personal Information) Act. Any information that we collect are handled with the utmost of care.

7. Passwords, P@zzW0rds, p@$$wOrDs

Try to use a unique, hard to guess password for every account that you have access to. Harder to guess and more complicated passwords can make it harder for unauthorized users to gain access to your accounts.

You can use a tool like howsecureismypassword.net to find out how secure your passwords are.

8. Avoid opening suspicious emails

If an email looks suspicious, don't open it because it might be a phishing scam.

Someone might be impersonating another individual or company to gain access to your personal information. Sometimes the emails may also include attachments or links that can infect your devices.

9. Keep software up-to-date

Software companies typically provide software updates for 3 reasons: to add new features, fix known bugs, and upgrade security.

Always update to the latest version of your software to protect yourself from new or existing security vulnerabilities.

10. Keep hardware up-to-date

Outdated computer hardware may not support the most recent software security upgrades. Additionally, old hardware makes it slower to respond to cyber attacks if they happen. Make sure to use computer hardware that's more up-to-date.

11. Avoid using public networks

When you connect to a public network, you’re sharing the network with everyone who is also connected. Any information you send or retrieve on the network is vulnerable. Stay away from public networks or use a VPN when you're connected to one.

12. Use anti-virus and anti-malware

As long as you're connected to the web, it's impossible to have complete and total protection from malware. However, you can significantly reduce your vulnerability by ensuring you have an anti-virus and at least one anti-malware installed on your computers.

13. Back up important data

Important data can be lost as a result of a security breach. To make sure you're prepared to restore data once it's lost, you should ensure your important information is backed up frequently on the cloud or a local storage device.

14. Scan external storage devices for viruses

External storage devices are just as prone to malware as internal storage devices. If you connect an infected external device to your computer, the malware can spread. Always scan external devices for malware before accessing them.

15. Disable Bluetooth or Wifi when you don't need it

Devices can be hacked via Bluetooth or an unsecured Wifi connection and subsequently your private information can be stolen or malware can be installed. If there's no reason to have your Bluetooth or your Wifi on, turn it off.

16. Enable 2-Factor Authentication

Many platforms now allow you to enable 2-factor (or even 3-factor authentication when possible) to keep your accounts secure. It’s an additional layer of protection that helps verify that it’s actually you who is accessing your account and not someone who's unauthorized. Enable this security feature when you can.

17. Use a VPN to privatize your connections

For a more secure and privatized network, use a virtual private network (VPN). It'll encrypt your connection and protect your private information, even from your internet service provider.

18. Avoid the “secure enough” mentality

Unless you're completely isolated from the rest of the world, there’s no such thing as being “secure enough.” Big companies like Facebook invest a fortune into security every year but are still affected by cyber attacks.

19. Keep a look out for news

Although cybersecurity rarely reaches headline news outlets, that does not mean that there are no news about it. Out in the wild, its a constant battle between those who seek to do harm and those who seek to protects.

Sites such as cyware.com/cyber-security-news-articles, thehackernews.com, and many more do their best to bring you up to speed on all things related to cybersecurity.