protection from cyber bullying and blackmail

Boys and girls, it has finally happened. My first vlog with Mister is now online!! It took us three years to get here, and now that we have arrived, we are on a roll 🙂 We have already recorded one more video, which is a part of a 4-episode series. You will be seeing a bit more of him on my YouTube channel, and I hope you are as excited about it as I am.

For our first video, we talked about online scammers and blackmailers – what is phishing, how does a blackmailer get your password, what to do when you get an extortion email and how to protect yourself from such attacks.

Have you recently received a scary email that claims that the sender has your data, including compromising videos, and you better pay them (in Bitcoin) if you don’t want your dad to see them? Well, welcome to the 21st century world of scammers, blackmailers and hackers. I spoke to an IT expert, Nouman Zakir, to learn more about this particular kind of email scam and discussed the best ways to reach and protect yourself from such situations.

For the first three bits, please watch the video. The protection bit, I will share here for wider audience. In order to protect yourself from phishing attacks, online scams and blackmailers, here’s what our in-house IT guru recommends:

  1. Activate two-factor authentication for all your accounts, or at least the main ones. This means that every time you login, you will be required to also enter another security code, which is sent via SMS or an authenticator app.
  2. Change your password every few months.
  3. Create strong passwords, one that includes capital letters, small letters, special characters and numbers. You can use online password generator apps to create one and password managers to save them.
  4. Check if your email address and password has been subjected to breach through sits like Firefox Monitor. You can also create an alert to notify you about future breaches that involve your data.

Well, I hope you enjoy the video and the information shared useful. Until the next time folk(ses).