bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Ceturtdiena 20.07.2017 | Name days: Ramona, Ritma
LatviaLatvia

Experts’ advice on safe Internet surfing using mobile devices

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMore than 63% of Internet users in Latvia regularly use password unprotected public Wi-Fi access points. 67% of Internet users in Latvia do not pay attention to even the simplest rules of Internet security, often leaving their personal information wide open for hackers, according to results of a survey by OMD Snapshot.

Young people aged under 24 are the least careful when it comes to safe Internet surfing – 87% of them regularly use unprotected Wi-Fi access points.

44% of Internet users have no idea as to what exactly ensure the security of public Wi-Fi access points. With that, users actively use public Wi-Fi access points to enter social network profiles and other websites, which opens the way for hackers to gain access to personal information and passwords. Every fifth respondent has admitted using unprotected Wi-Fi access points to purchase items on the Internet. Such behaviour is found twice as often among youngsters. What is particularly interesting is that use of unprotected Wi-Fi access points is more characteristic for men than women – 70% and 58% of cases, respectively.

CERT.LV manager Baiba Kaskina notes that personal information is subjected to a number of risks when using unprotected Wi-Fi access points: «Residents should keep in mind that Wi-Fi available in supermarkets and cafes is not always safe to use. Users cannot possibly know who is connected to the network and if it is safe to send information without fear of it being intercepted. It is fairly easy to access another person’s connection and acquire their personal data.»

According to Kaskina, lately there have been discussions held in some countries about modifying free Wi-Fi services. Users who agree to connection conditions are shown altered Internet content. This may include additional advertisements. Such a solution can be potentially used for criminal intent.

Latvian State Police adds that unprotected Wi-Fi access points should be used very carefully: «Public networks do not request authentication. This can result in public Wi-Fi users becoming victims. Criminals use software to read Internet users’ personal data. With that, residents should understand that performing payments in unprotected public networks is especially dangerous. Users of public Wi-Fi access points can never be sure about the security of the access point. Public access points do not save information. Because of that, it can be very hard to track down criminals,» – explains spokesperson of State Police’s Economic Crimes Prevention Office Aleksandr Bespalov.

Cert.lv and LMT offer recommendations for safe Internet surfing using mobile devices:

Updates

Regular updates of software and OS are the main factors in making sure a device remains secure. Make sure to carry out regular updates whenever the system requests it.

Security code

One security factor that that makes it difficult for criminals to access information stored on mobile devices is the security code for the device’s display. It is used to unblock the display using a code. Although many devices offer using special drawn symbols to protect information stored on them, a numerical code is more efficient from a security viewpoint. On top of that, drawing on the display leaves fingerprints, which makes it easier to find out the secure drawing.

Anti-virus

It is recommended to install an anti-virus programme to help check incoming data and programmes on the device. It can help prevent most risks and reduce the possibility of malicious software being installed.

Block a stolen or lost phone

If a device ends up lost or stolen, it is necessary to have the SIM card and the device itself blocked as soon as possible to make sure no one can access information stored on the device. It can be done by calling your mobile service provider and informing them of your wish to block the device. It is also a good idea to block the bank account as well to make sure criminals cannot access banking services using information stored on the device. Changing passwords to e-mail addresses and other profiles will do no harm as well.

Use trusted websites

One very important security aspect for mobile devices is the use of safe software and their procurement from trusted sources. The biggest app stores that care about the security of their clients check the security of the apps sold on their store-fronts personally. If the source is unknown or illegally procured software is installed, it can result in serious security risks for the device and information stored on it.

Safety passwords

It is important to have security passwords for all Internet services accessed using mobile devices. The password should have eight or more symbols. In order to prevent a situation when all passwords all the same and easily decipherable, it is worth using special password management apps that save passwords in an encrypted file. It is worth keeping in mind that the password management application also requires its own secure password.

Ref: 102.109.109.3373


Leave a reply

Saeima deputies sign agreement on Oligarch talks committee’s formation

So far only parliament members have signed the agreement on the formation of a Saeima committee for the investigation of Oligarch talks. Neither of them represents Unity – Karlis Serzants from Union of Greens and Farmers and Einars Cilinskis from VL-TB/LNNK.

Seaima Praesidium approves parliamentary budget for 2018

On 20 July, Saeima Praesidium approved the parliament’s budget request for 2018. It is planned to be EUR 22.04 million, setting funding to maintain current functions on the level of 2017, BNN was informed by Saeima press-service.

Beer brewers: fooling around with tax reforms could destroy Latvia’s beer industry

By increasing excise tax for beer, the goal of reducing alcohol consumption will not be achieved. This is because consumption of other alcoholic beverages will increase as a result, notes CEO of Latvian Breweries Union Peteris Linins, commenting on the government’s plans to raise excise tax for beer.

4,558 marriages registered in Latvia in first six months of 2017

Over the past three years, Latvian birth number almost has not changed and constitutes 22 thousand annually. 10,175 children were born in the first half of 2017, which means 990 newborn fewer than in the same period a year ago.

Broadcasting organizations ask NEPLP to stop meddling with public media contents

The board of Latvian Association of Broadcasting Organizations urges the government and National Electronic Mass Media Council to continue realizing reforms in public media.

Kucinskis also met with Slesers in the infamous meeting room of Ridzene hotel

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis admits having met with Ainars Slesers in the now infamous meeting room in Ridzene hotel a couple of times, specifically when the People’s Party made the decision to join Par labu Latviju.

Pumpurs hands 99% of Užavas alus capital shares to his son

Ildis Pumpurs, up until now the only owner and board member of Ventspils Užavas alus brewery, has handed 99% of the company’s capital shares to his son Oskars Pumpurs.

Repeated elections in Kekava – activity twice as high so far

Repeated election has commenced in Kekava’s 785 election site. 274 voters or 7% of local voting population took part in elections in the first day, according to data from the election site.

Estonia plans accepting from Turkey 160 Syrian refugees

Estonian police are looking into the documents on 160 refugees from Syria that are to be moved to Estonia in line with an agreement reached between the EU and Turkey.

Experts: potato harvest in Latvia may come later than usual this year

Potato harvest in Latvia may come one week later than usual. Still, the harvest is expected to be on the level of last year, BNN was told by Potato Growers and Processors Union.

News feed to be added to Google's website and mobile app

Internet search giant Google has said it would add a continuous feed of news and other content to its homepage and mobile app, which would be displayed before a user makes a search query.

NATO and Chinese ships perform joint manoeuvrer before entering Baltic Sea

This week, Standing NATO Maritime Group One welcomed in international a group of Chinese Navy ships that entered the Baltic Sea through the Strait of Denmark from the North Sea. Ships of both groups performed a mutually coordinated manoeuvrer for the ships to ensure safe entry of ships into the Baltic Sea, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry.

Russia distances itself from proclamation of «Malorossiya» in eastern Ukraine

The Kremlin has noted that the proclamation of a county entitled «Malorossiya», or «Little Russia» in the pro-Kremlin-separatist-held eastern parts of Ukraine is a personal initiative of the rebel leader.

Expert: oil prices will likely remain zigzag-like

Aside from one week, oil reserves have been continuously declining since April. This trend will likely continue. Oil refining activities were not too high. This reduced demand for oil. In Q3, oil producers will increase production output and compound stores, comments macroeconomics expert Dainis Gaspuitis.

Construction output in Q1 in Latvia – tenth largest in EU

In Latvia, construction production volume in Q1 2017, when compared with the same period of last year, grew 8.4%. This puts Latvia on the tenth place among EU member states, according to the latest data from Eurostat.

Pabriks invites Estonia to focus on protecting Europe’s borders during presidency

MEP from Latvia Artis Pabriks invites Estonia as the presiding country in the European Council to focus on the protection of Europe’s borders and help motivate other member states to follow through with their objectives.

Contract signed for 60 million euros loan for Rīgas satiksme

Nordic Investment Bank and Riga municipality’s company Rīgas satiksme have signed a contract for the allocation of a loan worth 60 million euros. Funding is intended to be used to purchase hydrogen-powered buses and low-floor trams, as well as investments into tram infrastructure.

Household expenditure on consumption exceeds pre-crisis levels in Latvia

In 2016, household consumption expenditure comprised on average EUR 333 per household member monthly – EUR 17 or 5.4 % more than in 2015.

Antane: government has set ‘checkmate’ for Latvia’s transport industry

With plans to increase excise tax on fuel, the government has set ‘checkmate’ to Latvia’s transport industry and transit sector. Instead of the awaited tax revenue compensation, Latvia risks considerably reducing the competitiveness of the industry that brings in one billion euros to the economy every year, says Inga Antane, President of Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics.

Four Dutch soldiers arrested after fight in Lithuania

After getting involved in a brawl in Lithuania, four Dutch troops, who are part of the NATO multi-national force in the Baltic country have been sent back to their homeland.

Swedbank: small companies contribute to appearance of new loans

Swedbank’s profits in Latvia reached EUR 52 million in the first six months of 2017. This is a similar result when compared with the same period of last year.

Three million Mercedes-Benz diesel cars to be recalled for emissions software update

German car-builder Daimler made a step to voluntarily avoid troubled waters in relation to emissions concerns and has announced a recall of over three million Mercedes-Benz diesel cars to change their software.

Demand for seasonal fruits increases in Latvia

Compared with the previous year, demand for seasonal fruits grew this summer: 31% for peaches, 35% for plums and 63% for apricots at Maxima Latvia supermarkets.

German Catholic clergymen blamed for abusing hundreds of boys

The administration the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir in Germany is blamed for that over a period of 60 years not less than 547 boys have suffered physical abuse and in dozens of cases – sexual abuse.

Saeima to decide on tax discount for donations to sports organizations

A meeting of the Saeima Sports Subcommittee will be held soon to discuss the upcoming changes to the tax reform in relation to PIT discount for donations to organizations and associations, as well as sports organizations, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Newest comments

Do you have an acquaintance currently looking for a job?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: