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Advice On How To Play It Safe In Cyberspace

Cybersecurity experts says South Africans are sharing too much of their personal information on social media, allowing cybercriminals to exploit them for their personal gain.

Play it safe in cyberspace

Cybersecurity experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have urged the public to be mindful of what they post on social media and to carefully check the permission lists when they download applications (apps).

CSIR researchers -- Dr Vukosi Marivate, Muyowa Mutemwa, Nyalleng Moorosi and Thulani Mashiane -- showcased their research in social mining data, network vulnerability, data science for public safety and cybersecurity awareness at a media briefing in Tshwane on Monday.

The researchers said allowing apps more access on your phone than required could lead to security risks and expose personal information.

Other apps require access to your exact location, revealing details such as your house number, workplace and email account details.

Some people post pictures of their vehicles with a number plate clearly visible, making it easier for criminals to clone the registration number.

“Be vigilant when you share information on social media,” said Mashiane.

He cautioned South Africans to stay away from installing suspicious applications, saying they should only download applications from original/reputable website or applications store such the play store and app store.

“Don’t over share. Think before you click. Personal information can be used to answer security questions for certain accounts, identity theft, direct marketing and by stalkers.

“Cybercriminals are also targeting kids through games,” said Mashiane, urging parents to check every game their children play.




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