SINGAPORE: Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran on Friday (Feb 15) urged Singaporeans to be responsible, alert and secure online, as he outlined measures on implementing Digital Defence – Singapore’s sixth and newest pillar of Total Defence.Being responsible and alert refers to fighting fake news; being secure means taking steps against cyberattacks and online scams.This is crucial for Singapore to be a vibrant Smart Nation, Mr Iswaran said, noting that a digital economy creates opportunities for businesses and people, while a digital government delivers better services to citizens and companies.“Whether we succeed or fail in this important endeavour will depend critically on whether we also have a strong Digital Defence,” Mr Iswaran said at a Total Defence Day commemoration event held at Fort Canning Green.His speech comes after Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced the addition of Digital Defence on Thursday, signalling the importance of … [Read more...] about Don’t forward fake news, use strong passwords: S Iswaran on putting Digital Defence into action
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By Kerry K. Taylor Special to the Star Mon., June 4, 2018 The best thing about being a victim of a data breach is nothing. I should know. Within the last two years I’ve been notified of eight instances where my private data may have been hacked at an organization I patronize. My most recent security breach notification came last week when fraudsters usurped data from around 90,000 banking customers of BMO and CIBC-owned Simplii Financial. Like many Canadians, I’ve also endured breaches at Equifax Canada, Uber, Bell Canada, PC Points, Air Miles, and Facebook. I wish my hack attacks were limited to financial institutions, loyalty programs, and telecommunications companies, but last month one of my gig economy employers — the CBC — was robbed of a “piece of computer equipment” containing the employment records of likely myself and 20,000 other possible future identity theft victims. If guarding my chequing account wasn’t bad … [Read more...] about 5 ways to protect your personal finances after a data breach
While it is true that increased connectivity has made it possible to communicate with our loved ones across the globe with ease, this increased connectivity has also made privacy an increasingly rare commodity. Just Google your name and you would be surprised to find out how much of your personal information is out there. Not just the bad guys but businesses are also interested in obtaining your personal information, such as email address, phone number, social media profiles, credit card information and home address among other things. Bad guys are even hacking into data-based POS systems in stores and restaurants to steal your personal information. The only difference is bad guys will use this information to commit identity fraud, while commercial organizations use it to collect information about your online activities that will allow them to send you targeted ads. While you can’t avoid making online transactions or opening social media accounts, there are still ways … [Read more...] about Six ways to protect your privacy online
So-called 'cryptojacking' is spreading like wildfire across the web By Pranshu Bajpai and Richard Enbody May 13, 2018 10:41 AM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 Right now, your computer might be using its memory and processor power – and your electricity – to generate money for someone else, without you ever knowing. It’s called “cryptojacking,” and it is an offshoot of the rising popularity of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. Instead of minting coins or printing paper money, creating new units of cryptocurrencies, which is called “mining,” involves performing complex mathematical calculations. These intentionally difficult calculations securely record transactions among people using the cryptocurrency and provide an objective record of the “order” in which transactions are conducted. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The user who successfully completes each … [Read more...] about Is someone else making money on your computer?
Technology CSA says when it came to password security, there was "no improvement" in management habits last year. 23 Apr 2018 03:02PM (Updated: 23 Apr 2018 03:10PM) Bookmark SINGAPORE: There were some bright spots in terms of how people had better cybersecurity practices last year, but more still can be done to improve password management and software updates, an annual survey by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore's (CSA) found. The 2017 findings showed that more respondents are exercising caution when it comes to online transactions and app downloads, the press release on the survey said. The proportion of respondents who proceeded with online transactions without first checking the authenticity of the websites dropped by 18 percentage points to 20 per cent last year from 38 per cent in 2016 . For those downloading mobile apps, there was a 7 percentage point increase among those who did so via an official app store, from 83 per cent in 2016 to 90 per cent last … [Read more...] about More caution shown for online transactions, but people still complacent about cyber threats: CSA survey