Information Security

The importance of Information Security

According to Wikipedia, “Information securityis the practice of preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of information.It is a general term that can be used regardless of the form the data may take whether electronic or physical.”In today’s world, through emergence of social media, the rate of information dissemination has multiplied sporadically. New technology and media, has provided several ways for individuals, illiterate or not, to pass across information in a matter of seconds. .

Do not put out information that you don’t want people to know about you

Many people use twitter, facebook, instagram, snapchat and all other social media networks to interact with friends, family and colleagues. Sometimes it is even used to get back at enemies. The teacher cited above, surely did not intend to lose her job by what she said, to her she might have been praising her kids. The sad thing about information you put out there is that you cannot control how it is interpreted, nor who jumps on the information and uses it. This information could have been picked up by a liberal person, and the effect would have been the other way round, probably joking off the weed smoking and saying something like ‘the teacher was probably stressed, and we can see she loves her kids so much’. But unfortunately for her, it was picked up by someone who got her in trouble. The world does not need to know where you are this morning, they do not need to know you went clubbing last night, if you are a very active social media person, who tends to document your daily life, you can adopt one of the following tips;

1. Have two accounts, one for everybody and one for people you do not know, where you may safely put up information that will not harm you.

2. Use an alias for your social media username that cannot be traced back to you

3. Use a random picture, or no picture at all for your avatar

4. Turn OFF your location

Secondly, some people do not wish to document their lives for the public, but keep them privately. The issue of hacking is one that is very rampant lately, even to government level were we saw ‘wikileaks’ take hold of the lives of many politicians

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Do not make your accounts easily accessible

This can be done through a number of ways;

1. Use a very strong password, one with a mixture of letters (Both capital and small), numbers, and alphanumeric digits as well.
2. Make sure your password is more than 8 digits
3. Do not use phrases that are common to you (for example, do not make a password with your nickname)/br>
4. Change your password regularly
5. Do not use the same password for all your accounts
6. Do not give someone else access to your accounts
7. When you get shady emails with links requesting for your password, do not click on them.

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Do replicate your information

There is no rule against having your information secured in different places and formats. There are a whole lot of ways by which one can achieve this.
1. Backup to a cloud: There are several cloud services with free space, choose one which suits you best. With the rate at which photoshopped pictures are circulated, someone may steal your phone, take your picture, photo shop it, and use it to harm you. You can easily restore your picture and put out there so people can see it was a scam. There are a lot of them ranging from gmail, dropbox, onedrive and icloud.
2. Back up to an external hard drive
3. Back up to several computers
Back up is very useful for when you lose your file. It saves the stress of having to start all over again or having to explain to an employer. Also when you delete files, do not permanently delete them, allow the files to sit in trash for a few weeks, then when you are absolutely sure, you may permanently delete them. Lastly, adhere to all the rules of the various information dissemination platforms. For instance, do not open social media accounts for children. Children are innocent and do not know when people are trying to manipulate them. You can easily open your house to robbers, or run the risk of a kidnap when you leave information for kids to handle. If you must give you child an internet enabled device, make sure there is a firewall, limited access to the internet or better still no access at all, so you can save your child and yourself impending danger. I know many children who own tablets that are used for just homework and games; I think that is a smart way to go about it.