Cyber Smart Pacific

Step up your digital safety and security

Cyber attacks are becoming more common, and anyone can be targeted. It may come as a surprise, but your personal information is highly valuable to attackers. Yes, cyber baddies are interested in getting your stuff – whether it’s to steal your money or your identity, or just cause mayhem in your online world. As with many risks, prevention is the best approach, which is why we’re encouraging all Samoans to increase their cyber resilience so they’re less vulnerable to attacks.

So, step up your digital safety and security by taking these four steps – they’re known to improve cybersecurity and are pretty straightforward to implement.

Step 1. Use a password manager

Having strong and unique passwords for each online account is so important. The easiest way to keep track of them all is with a password manager. It’s like an online safe that stores and manages your passwords for you. You’ll only have to remember the one master password for your password manager, and it’ll do the rest.

Use a password manager to protect yourself online

Step 2. Turn on two-factor authentication

Turning on two-factor authentication (2FA) to your login process is an easy way of adding an extra layer of security to your accounts.
It’s a simple extra step after you log in, such as entering a code from an app. You can enable 2FA on most of your online accounts, and your devices. You’ll usually find the option to turn it on in the privacy settings.

Using two Factor Authentication to protect your accounts

Step 3. Update your devices

When you’re alerted to a new software version for your device, don’t ignore it — install it as soon as possible. Updates not only add new features, they fix bugs and vulnerabilities attackers can use to issues to gain access to your information.
Set updates to happen automatically whenever a new version is available. Then you don’t have to think about it!

Keeping your devices up to date

Step 4. Check your privacy

To maintain your privacy online, it’s important to know and control who can see your stuff. Attackers could use your information to access your data or steal your identity. Lockdown your accounts – starting with social media.
Check that requests for personal information are legitimate before you give any details. If you’re not sure, don’t provide it.

Protecting yourself online