Cyber Security

You don't have to be an IT professional to be safe online.

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Protect your computer

At a minimum, every computer should run only one anti-virus program and a firewall. Many very good anti-virus and firewall software are available free of charge.

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Have a good password

A good password should contain a mixture of a number of elements, like uppercase, lowercase, symbols and numbers. There are many tricks to choosing a strong password.

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Never share personal details

One of the biggest online dangers is that criminals can find your personal information (like your ID number, date of birth, address or cell number) and use it to steal your identity.

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Don't trust anyone online

People you meet online are rarely who they say they are. Never believe that someone you met online is telling you the truth. Be wary of any stranger you come into contact with on the internet.

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Don't break the law

Illegal software, games or music often contains hidden malware (like viruses). Why would someone go through all the effort to crack the copy protection on a file, and give it away for free?

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Don't be a bully

Everything you post online stays there forever, even if you delete it. Do you really want the people you are going to work for one day, to know how nasty you were to someone else?

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Trust someone close to you

It is a good idea to have at least one adult you can trust, who knows who you are talking to online, and what you do when you are online. Make sure it's someone you trust.

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Visit the SACSAA website for more information about cyber awareness. You can download flyers concerning a multitude of topics, in order to make yourself more aware of online threats.

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