Rafael Núñez: “Cyber-delinquents must be kept away from all digital pathways”

Our Digital Security expert remarked the importance of shielding ourselves and backing-up our information in external hard drives, in preparation for the electric rationing that is being applied all over the country

 

Rafael Nuñez Aponte, MásQueDigital director, offered some advice to help protect internet users. “The only way information can be kept safe is by using something that could be called a digital padlock, given the electric rationing currently being applies all over the country and which has left many users without laptops, desktops or their personal data, since they hadn’t yet backed it up.”

He offered said advice during a Ciberespacio interview, which aired in Unión Radio Cultural. He also reminded listeners of the importance of security when it comes to the information and personal data we share online; two aspects we often set aside given the country’s current issues.

“We must back up and password-protect our information in external hard drives,” explained Núñez Aponte, assuring listeners that Windows comes with a tool for just such a thing, called Big Looker.

The most important advice for those who spend a lot of time on the information highway is to never share personal data online.

“Many are taking advantage of the current situation and sharing scandalous news with people who wish to remain up-to-date with the day-to-day happenings in the country. But then comes a black-out, followed by a return of power, and in a desperate bid to find out just what is happening, they click on news with dubious sources and either acquire a virus or have malware installed on their devices, which then makes them easy targets for internet pirates. It’s for this reason that it’s important for antiviruses to be regularly updated and have been obtained legally.”

Our director reminded everyone that, during his talks, he always reminds attendants not to join open Wi-Fi networks, especially when planning on using sensitive data, since you never know what kind of apps are running on the background. E-Mail apps are especially vulnerable in this regard, “since they regularly download new messages, upload pictures to the cloud, synchronize your schedule while also handling your work calendar. All functions that can be de-activated.”

“Given all these factors, I strongly recommend you de-activate all automatic functions running on the background before joining open Wi-Fi networks. It sounds difficult, but keeping your personal information safe at all levels is key.”

Rafa Núñez reminded everyone that, if the Wi-Fi network is on the hands of a cyber-criminal, they won’t simply go for the honeypot, which is the simple interception of transmissions. They will also gain access to your devices and the information stored in your computer, which is why he suggests keeping a firewall on at all times. “This is highly important,” he reminded us.

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