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Safe and secure internet usage
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia
Ms. Intan Rahayu and Ms. Inne Ria Abidin
By the year of 2016, The Association of Internet Service Providers in Indonesia (APJII) stated that the internet users has reached about 40 percent of the Indonesian population. It means, there are more 100 million of Indonesian people who are connected in the global network.
The internet is an open cyberspace where people all around the world gather and share their own information. The internet technology has brought people connected regardless their geographical status. In the real world, this area border is real and extremely guarded. If someone would like to pass through, he/she has to hold several legal documents so he/she allowed to enter the certain country. In the internet, this rule is not applied. Once they are connected, people can "enter" other country without real documents. In that case, the cyberspace is more vulnerable and dangerous.
We can see real criminals in the real world, but the cyber criminals are invisible. That is why people tend to underestimate the security threats. They often let the cyber crowd have a look into their own personal territory such as the address and layout of their own houses, family activities or even their own current locations. These actions has put the internet users in a real jeopardy. Regrettably, they did it by willingly and sacrificing their own safety. Thus, the cyber security awareness campaign has to be always promoted, tirelessly.
It is renowned that the perfect security system is utopic. Until now, there is no unbreakable engine has been made that can provide a thorough protection to the internet users. Somehow, we can give our best efforts to avoid the hazard.
First of all, to educate the users by showing them the possible threats. As a proverb says that seeing is believing, we need to let the users know what kind of peril awaits them at the other end of network. This awareness raising is crucial to awaken their own concern and self-willing to protect themselves when there is no supervision around. Moreover, the awareness has to be raised from within, since the highest security risk comes from the personnel themselves.
Second, to call upon the users to set a limited access onto their own personal devices such as cellphones, computers and disk drives. In this case, it includes limiting the people who may touch and access their own devices. The lesser, the better.
Third, to suggest them to install an updated version of antivirus and activate the firewall in their computers. Remind them to keep those software updated and make sure that the firewall policy is well-configured.
Fourth, to trigger the users for always turning their safety-radar "on" when they try to access a public network. Remind them to stay alert of any suspicious and unknown invitation to join certain network. Sometimes, it is better to be disconnected for a while than to put ourselves in an untrusted system.
Fifth, to tell the users for turning on the spam filter in their e-mail engines to prevent scams and ransomwares. Being selective in opening e-mail may also protects the users from auto-activated malwares and other security threats.
The last but not least, to remind the users for using private tunnel in conducting financial transactions through the network. This method will not only protecting their financial information but also to cover them from carding or any other financial loss.
By keep promoting the cyber security awareness campaign, we hope the internet users could understand the menaces and the result loss. Cyber security is not a matter of how smart the users are, but how they managed to care. Because our own safety is our own responsibility.
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