Cyber myths exist and seem so real they could be true. But we do not want you being exposed to any cybercriminals.
- I never have to update the software installed on my computer
Truth: Software companies release updated versions of their software to address problems or fix weaknesses. You should install any software update ASAP. Some software even offers the option for automatic updates.
- Cybercriminals only target people with money
Truth: Attackers look for the biggest reward for the least amount of effort. Only share your personal details with people and organisations you trust.
- Anti-virus software and firewalls are 100% effective
Truth: Neither is guaranteed to protect you from an attack, but by combining these technologies with good security habits is the best way to reduce your risk.
- I have nothing important on my computer, so I won’t be hacked
Truth: If you do not store personal or financial information on your computer, a hacker may be able to gain control of your computer and use your data in attacks against other people regardless.
- A strong password will solve all my security issues
Truth: Strong passwords protect your information from cybercriminals, but can still be compromised. Don't have complicated passwords and use two-factor authentication where possible.