There has been a recent rise in cybercrime in Zimbabwe and it seems things are only going to get worse. There have been stories of people’s bank accounts being emptied, entire pensions being siphoned from their accounts and countless stories of card cloning in the press.

To help their clients stay safe, Standard Chartered Bank has released a list of dos and dont’s that would protect you even if you don’t bank with them. Most of it is common sense advice but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it.

Dear Client,

Cyber Security Awareness 2019 emphasises personal accountability and underpins the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cyber-security at home, in the workplace and on the go.

This year’s theme – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – focuses on key areas including digital privacy, common cyber threats, consumer devices and e-commerce security.

Simple steps to Own IT.
· Play hard to get with strangers. Cyber criminals use phishing tactics, hoping to fool their victims.

Never click and tell. Limit what information you post on social media-from personaladdresses to where you like to dine out.

Stay protected while connected. Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot, be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures to ensure that the network is legitimate.

Keep it locked. Lock your device when you are not using it.

Back up your information. Back up your contacts, financial data, photos, videos, and other mobile device data.

Online Privacy
Shake up your password protocol.

Internet of things

Change your device’s factory security settings from the default password. This is one of the most important steps to take in the protection of internet devices. Keep tabs on your apps.

Many connected appliances, toys, and devices are supported by a mobile application. Check your app permissions and learn to just say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense.

Social Media
Remember, there is no ‘Delete’ button on the Internet. Share with care, because even if you delete a post or picture from your profile seconds after posting it, chances are someone still saw it. Update your privacy settings. Set the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing.

Connect only with people you trust. Keep your connections to people you know andtrust. Speak up if you’re uncomfortable. If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or you think is inappropriate, let him or her know.

Support CSAM and pass on the message on social media, at home, at work or in the community.
In case of any concern or clarification, please reach out to our 24×7 help lines.

Again while some parts may be specific to StanChart customers the majority of this advice can be adopted by anyone.