We have completed Module 2-2 “Cybersecurity awareness: real cases”, taught by Silvia Barrera Ibáñez, in which she provided us with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding cybersecurity awareness.

You don’t have to be famous or have a lot of money in the bank to fall victim to fraud. We must be aware that we are within the reach of any criminal. Nowadays, thanks to encryption tools, we can safely surf the Internet and there is no risk in connecting to public networks, as these are secure protocols. However, it is strongly recommended to change the default passwords of the routers, as they can be accessed.

All of us have many applications and each requires a username and password. Having the same password for all services increases the risk. Computationally speaking, a strong password is at least 12 characters long, and it is advisable to use a combination of alphanumeric and special characters, as well as upper and lower case. A “familiar” pattern can be used, and passwords can be changed over time. It is not advisable to write them down in a notebook, since they can also be stolen from one’s home and, in that case, in addition to taking the devices, they would also be able to access them.

Citizens most commonly fall victims to fraud on their mobile phone. These devices store information, files and access to apps and services that require internet. Mobile phones account for 60% of all security breaches. The recommendation is not to store any sensitive information on the device. In case of loss, it is recommended to call the operator to deactivate the associated SIM card, as well as change the passwords of apps and online services, access remotely to delete and block (IMEI) the means of payment associated with the device, especially if they are contactless.

It is important to do one’s research and use common sense, and to be very careful with alarmist articles. There is a huge variety of disseminators and useful documentation on the internet, whether in the form of text, video, etc.

The full article can be read on News-365.

For further questions on this topic, don’t miss the opportunity to enroll in C1b3rWall Academy 2021 for free. In addition, you can learn more about internet security by doing the Master in Cybersecurity at the University of Salamanca. Registration is now open for the course in February 2022.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.