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As businesses and individuals rely on emails for communication, it is critical to protect the information contained in emails against threats. Email is one of the most popular mediums for phishing attempts or virus distribution, especially through email attachments. 

 

Email security threats 

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ATM skimming is like identity theft for debit cards. It is an illegal activity that involves installing hidden devices that secretly record bank account details when a user inserts an ATM card into the machine. Criminals can then use the stolen data to create a cloned card to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account either locally or overseas. 

 

Skimming typically requires two separate components to work. 

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Social Engineering is a technique of deceiving people to reveal sensitive information which they would usually not share. It typically involves trickery for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or access to computer systems. 

 

What methods are used by social engineers? 

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Social media have dramatically changed the way we communicate. It’s easy to access the latest information about your friends and share updates about your own life. It also creates added responsibility to protect yourself and others. 

 

Think before you post anything online 

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Cyberbullying refers to the act of threatening, intimidating, harassing or causing embarrassment to someone on the internet. In Brunei, it’s common for people to express anger or frustration through social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If these online posts are directed at a specific person, it could lead to cyberbullying. Most cyberbullies are motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Some do it for their own entertainment or to get a reaction. 

 

Talk to your child about cyberbullying 

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Online games are easily available for download or to play through game consoles, computers and mobile devices. While games can be entertaining, you should be aware of the potential dangers to children. 

 

Risks of online gaming 

  • Cyberbullying & online grooming 

Multiplayer online games often include a chat feature which enables players to interact through text or voice chat while playing the game. This feature can be abused and lead to cyberbullying, grooming or sexual harassment. 

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