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PA IN THE MEDIA

The Expert Approach

Alan Cane
Financial Times
9 July 2009

This article sets out how a number of individual IT security experts protect themselves from cybercrime.

PA’s Stephen Quigg gives his view that it is vital to avoid risky situations, saying “What happens to us when we go online? We hook up to any connection that offers itself to us, we click on flashy adverts to visit unknown websites, download programs that offer to make our lives easier from unknown sources that result in unknown things happening.” Stephen’s advice is to “Be suspicious, especially of the new and unfamiliar. Don’t download from websites you’ve never heard of. Don’t sign up to sites where you don’t know what they are going to do with your information.”

Finally, Stephen gives his thoughts on what to do if you have to send an important e mail from a public place such as an internet cafe “Once you’ve finished, you need to consider all the passwords and credentials you used are now compromised. Fear the worst and change them as soon as possible. If it’s your corporate account, call your security guys and let them know; they will appreciate your honesty and can take steps to make sure you did not pick up any nasty software.”

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