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Most universities and colleges will go to great lengths to ensure the protection of their students. Visual reminders of this include campus cameras, Campus Security and various building safety measures. Safety, however, goes beyond relying on these external measures. It includes taking the initiative to safeguard your own protection. So, before heading off to university, we suggest familiarising yourself with these crucial student safety tips:

STUDENT safety tip #1

Distribute your class schedule with your family and CLOSE network of friends. This will create a type of buddy system where those closest to you are made aware of your daily whereabouts. Make sure that your parents and friends all have each other numbers too in case of emergency! 

STUDENT Safety tip #2

Do not give your student card or room key to ANYONE. And we really do mean no anyone. Keys can be copied and used to access your room without your consent. Individuals may also use your student card to access various areas of campus, endangering both you and fellow students. 

STUDENT safety tip #3

Every university has a security office and full-time Campus Security that forms part of your tuition. Make use of this resource and ensure that you know where their offices are located on campus. Your university website will also provide you with their emergency numbers. Familiarise yourself with their offerings which might include:

–          Campus Security escort service

–          University safety apps

–          Emergency phone stations

–          Campus maps 

STUDENT safety tip #4

Very few things are more empowering than self-defence and situational awareness. It will have you feeling more confident and most importantly, feeling a little safer. No, you don’t need to be aiming for a black belt, but rather basic, yet effective, self-defence moves. Make sure to check out any local self-defence classes in your area.

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #5

Always have a few safety supplies on your person. This could be a little bottle of pepper spray or a mini taser. This should be kept in an easily accessible place so you can grab it at any time! We suggest adding it either to your keychain or to a lanyard that hangs under your shirt. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #6

When it comes to safety tips – this one is important – ALWAYS lock your room door. Even if you are just heading out for a few minutes. If your room is located on the first floor, make sure to also lock your windows. Keep all valuables safe in a locked drawer or hidden safe. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #7

Social media is a fantastic platform to keep up to date with friends and family. This space is also a breeding ground for predators. Steer clear of geotagging your photos or revealing your exact location. We suggest taking the time out to do a full social media safety audit

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #8

Before getting into your car, always check your wheels. A common tactic amongst criminals is to place sharp objects into your tyres, ensuring that you are unable to drive far distances. When approaching your vehicle, walk at a slight angle, assessing if any predators are potentially already in your car. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #9

Venturing to a new part of campus? Make sure to familiarise yourself with the area using your campus map. Always walk with confidence and hide all electronics that will distract you and make you an easier target. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #10

Should you be a victim of ANY crime, notify both the police and Campus Security. Reporting the incident will help authorities mitigate future risks. Your university also maintains strong relations with local police, who will be able to help assist in future.

These simple precautions are not only cost-effective but easy to apply in your daily life. Student safety remains a priority, so take responsibility for your personal security by employing these tips today!

According to the Cambridge English dictionary, the word safety is a state in which one feels safe and not in danger or at risk. This definition is often confused with the word ‘security’. Security, however, is the prevention of malicious activities orchestrated by other individuals.

Understanding the various types of safety and security will help you control recognizable hazards and help mitigate the risks. These security tiers include internet, national and personal security to name a few.

Internet security

Internet security is a division of computer safety. This branch specifically deals with all internet (online) based threats. These threats include website viruses, malware, data damage and unauthorised system access to name a few. The internet is an open computer network. It allows for free exchanges of both information and ideas. There has been a recent surge in online-based threats. This highlights the vulnerabilities of the digital space. It also emphasizes the inherent dangerous and unsafe nature of the internet.

Did you know that everything that we do on the internet ultimately leaves a digital footprint? Whenever we engage on the internet, from sending personal emails to splurging on online shopping sites, we are essentially divulging our personal data. This information is then sent into an ever-changing computer series and various network links. Hackers then intercept, retrieve this information and use it in tandem with various breaches.

Common internet security issues

· Hackers – Individuals that attempt to circumvent or breach internet security measures.

· Spyware – The aim of spyware is to obtain personal information. This starts with following individuals browsing habits. Spyware helps in targeted advertising efforts.

· Viruses – Viruses are specialised programmes that gain entry into unsuspecting individual’s computers. Their foothold in the system either corrupts or destroys data and damages the machine.

· Phishing – Traditionally this is when data is acquired, mostly credit card details, bank account information etc. for financial gains or to commit identity theft.

· Online identity theft – Stealing the identity of an individual over the internet for personal gains, particularly that of financial motive.

· Worms – Worms are self-replicating malicious malware that spread through your network, that spread copies of your computer across the internet.

· Spam – Unsolicited messages that are sent via the internet. Some of which are embedded with malware.

Means of protection

· Anti-spyware

· Bot protection

· Antivirus

· Memory firewalls

· Defence+

National security

National security is a state requirement. It entails ensuring the survival of the nation. Protection strategies employ tactical efforts within branches of government. This to ensure the protection of society. This includes diplomacy efforts to economic interests, political maintenance and power projections etc. National security looks to examine all potential threats, their prevention and contingency plans for future use. Essentially, this form of protection is the ability for a nation to protect itself, and its citizens, from external threats.

National security subdivisions

· Economic – Ensuring the financial strength and stability of a nation.

· Territorial – Protecting the physical boundaries and borders of a country.

· Physical – Minimising injuries, chronic illnesses and death caused being national disasters or pandemics

· Ecological – Preventing environmental damage.

· Political and social – Mitigating violations of the law.

Means of protection

· Diplomacy used to isolate threats and rally allies.

· Stimulation of economic efforts through job creations, industry expansion, international relations etc.

· Maintaining substantial armed forces.

· Emergency preparation measures.

· Legislation.

· Intelligence services.

· Implementing civil defence strategies.

Personal security

Personal security pertains to the undisturbed enjoyment of man’s life, including body, reputation and health. It is essentially deterring all means of crime on an individual. At its most basic level, it entails following necessary tools, mindsets and abilities to ensure overall safety.

Personal protection “barriers” use the same procedural barriers as physical and technical barriers. The aim in this regard is to protect a house, company facility or person. Personal protection barriers may not be made of bricks, mortar or solid hardwood, but they are barriers just the same. Relinquishing those barriers, increases your vulnerability.

Personal protection barriers can include:

  • Maintaining a low profile
  • Avoiding fixed and predictable routines
  • Utilizing situational awareness training
  • Recovering from surprise and maintaining the initiative
  • Life-saving tactics
  • Using initiative

Other barriers also include adopting a positive attitude towards these procedures. It also entails ensuring strong communication and being methodical and consistent at all times. 

The prime goal of personal protection, is to utilise physical security methods to deflect criminal interest in an individual.

Types of personal security

·  Work

·  Travel

·  Roadside

·  Residential

Common threats

· Robbery

· Hijacking

· Theft

·Sexual and physical attack

Means of protection

· Always remain aware and alert!

· Stay handsfree as carrying items make you a vulnerable target.

· Display confidence when walking around.

· Trust your instincts, that if your intuitive feeling tells you that something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.

Get in contact with Arcangel Protective Services to better increase your personal security.Prioritising your overall safety and security is of the utmost importance to us. Let us help decrease your vulnerability to external threats by clicking here and booking a consultation with our team of specialists.

Everything that you do online immediately creates a stream of personal data. This data is incredibly valuable. Particularly in a world that thrives off data exchanges. Understanding how to protect your data, therefore, becomes essential.

Understanding personal data

Online surveys, Wi-Fi fill-out forms and online shipping are but a few examples of data exchange. This is where you provide personal information in exchange for a service or product. Contrary to belief, the item that you then receive is not the actual product – you are! The data that these systems gather essentially turn you into their product that they can later use for personal gains.

In some cases, your data is innocuous but in many situations, this data poses a real threat to your online safety. Companies, cyber hackers and criminals can piece together this information where all of your personal data is exposed; leaving you vulnerable and susceptible to cyber attacks.

Do not panic! There are numerous ways to protect both your privacy and identity online. Particularly when engaging on social media, which is one of the biggest platforms for cyber data hacking. Knowing the risks immediately puts you ahead. Here are our top social media audit tips for you to employ:

Facebook

As you know, Facebook has subtabs on every profile that allows users to fill in information about themselves. This includes your age, images and your location. These interactive features are open to the public to engage with.

Did you know that in the third quarter of 2019, Facebook had 2.45 billion monthly active users? This substantial user engagement accounts for the high advertising revenues that the site accumulates. When utilising this app, we suggest employing these dos and don’ts to protect yourself:

Do:

·         Only establish connections with people that you know and trust, make sure to check your friend list often.

·         Assume that ANYONE on the internet has access to your personal information on your Facebook page, so take caution when divulging information.

·         Check the privacy settings on your friends and family’s personal pages, as their accounts could expose your personal data.

·         Secure your browser settings, ensuring that you recognise and understand various access points.

Don’t:

·         Post images that have your exact location attached to the image.

·         Assume that because your profile is restricted from public view that the server does not have access to your data that can be shared amongst third parties.

Where to locate Facebook settings: Click from the top right of your Facebook page and tap the word ‘Settings’. Click Privacy in the left column and then ‘Edit’. 

Instagram

Instagram is a photo-sharing app that allows its user to curate personalised content. Instagram has over one billion monthly active users and is one of the most popular social networks worldwide. In terms of the social media platform’s privacy, accounts can be made public or private. Content, however, can be viewed by non-Instagram users via Google search. It is crucial that the following measures are taken to safeguard your privacy:

Do:

·         Only allow close friends and family to follow your account.

·         Ensure that your family and friends take similar privacy precautions to ensure that your personal information remains private.

Don’t:

·        Automate your Instagram posts to go onto your various other social profiles (ie: Twitter and Facebook). This inherently increases your discoverability.

·         Embed hashtags in your images as this increases your visibility when individuals are searching.

Where to locate Instagram settings: Tap on your profile and click the icon found in the top-right corner. This will give you access to all privacy settings.

Twitter

Twitter is a social media networking app that is known for its micro-blogging format. Twitter averaged 330 million monthly active users in the first quarter of 2019. For many, Twitter is a medium to stay up to date on current affairs and the whereabouts of friends. We recommend the following when engaging on this platform to enhance your privacy.

Do:

·         Only establish connections with people that you know and trust, make sure to check your friend list often.

·         Assume that ANYONE on the internet has access to your personal information on your Facebook page, so take caution when divulging information.

·         Secure your browser settings, ensuring that you recognise and understand various access points.

Don’t:

·         Post images that have your exact location attached to the image.

·         Assume that because your profile is restricted from public view that the server does not have access to your data that can be shared amongst third parties.

Where to access Twitter privacy settings: Click on your thumbnail profile picture located on the top banner. From the drop banner menu, select Settings and Privacy. 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a popular professional networking site that connects employers to job seekers that have shared their CV’s. The most recent and accurate number of LinkedIn’s monthly active users is 303 million. Users maintain their pages by regularly updating the page with educational and professional achievements.

Do:

·         Regularly review the connections that you have made on the site.

·         Although this app is based on sharing professional information, ensure that you are cautious and intentional with the information that is shared.

·         Turn your profile visibility “off” when you are no longer actively seeking a job.

Don’t:

·         Post multiple images on this app in order to ensure a level of privacy.

·         Ignore the Data Privacy and Advertising setting option. This can be found under Settings & Privacy > Privacy > How LinkedIn uses your data.

·         Forget to restrict your browser settings to prohibit those on the same server from accessing your information.

Where to access LinkedIn privacy settings: Tap on the Privacy tab under the Settings & Privacy heading. Apply the above-mentioned precautions when creating and maintaining your profile.When sharing information online, we often forget that once that information is shared, there is no control over where it goes. Employing these safety measures will ensure that this year you remain in FULL control over your digital presence. Need a little more help with navigating your online presence? Click here and get in contact with us!

The festive season can be quite chaotic. The year is coming to an end, everyone needs a break Companies shut down and employees are out of the office. As crazy as everything may seem, this is the perfect opportunity to begin gearing up for the new year. You now have the opportunity to ensure that everything is ready and safe for when your employees return. 

This begs the question – is your office ready and secure for the new year? 

If you aren’t sure, keep reading. We highlight the best ways to ensure that your office is safe and secure. Particularly before your employees even step foot into the new decade. 

Why is office safety and security important?

When your employees leave their homes, they want to know that they’re entering a safe environment. It is the employer’s duty of care to ensure their company and office space is safe and secure.

Concerns around security are topical in any office environment. Along with the threat of workplace violence, security has other important aspects. This includes protecting assets and inventory. As well as maintaining the cybersecurity of data and client information. Each aspect of security has its own challenges and procedures. This is why it might be beneficial to hire a protection company. They will help you implement necessary security procedures. 

Workplace safety is very important for each and every employee. It is the duty and moral responsibility of the company to look after its employees. 

Keeping your office secure enables you to protect:

  • Confidential documents
  • Computers, electronics and other valuable possessions
  • Your staff
  • Your company’s data 

How to secure your office

As you go into the new year, you need to make sure your office is ready for any potential risks. You can start securing your office by doing the following: 

  • Evaluate and assess the security needs of your workplace (a professional can do this for you)
  • Devise a comprehensive policy to cover all security needs
  • Consult with protection specialists to ensure you are covering all bases
  • Get entire aspects installed through third party contractors based on the agreed scope of work
  • Get the system tested and verified as per requirements
  • Commission the system for real-world operations
  • Keep maintaining the systems as per workplace security policy

Risk Assessment

There is no need to be stressing about how secure your company is when you can use our services. We’ve got an easy solution, that you can implement. 

Contact us if you feel like your company security isn’t up to standard. 

We will conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of your company. We will be highlighting areas where you are at great risk. Detailed measures and instructions to increase security will be given. 

Security Protocols

Still feel like you’re being exposed to risks? Start considering the following: 

  • Physical access control: do you have a system in place that controls who comes in and out of the building? Access control will offer your employee a sense of security because they know that not just anyone can enter. 
  • Surveillance: do you have professional and reliable surveillance systems that monitor the internal and external parameters of your company?
  • Proper lighting and alarm system: your parking garages and quieter areas need adequate lighting that will ensure no threats are hiding in plain sight. A fully-functional and operational alarm system is needed in any company. 
  • Clearly marked emergency exits: in the event of an emergency situation, employees need to know the safest way to exit the workplace so that they aren’t stuck in a dangerous situation. 

Secure Travel Management

If this is something your company hasn’t invested in just yet, be sure to reconsider it in the new year. As part of duty of care, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure employees are protected while travelling for work. 

There are many potential risks and threats when travelling internationally or locally. These risks are not only reserved for the high net worth individual or celebrity. Business and leisure travel may also be affected thus the need for secure travel management. 

Here at Arcangel, our deep understanding of the areas, situations and threats place us in a unique position. We are thus able to provide a secure environment for our clients. The secure travel solutions that we offer begin with a clear understanding of the type of travel and the risks associated with the location and other elements of the itinerary.

We accomplish this by conducting a country assessment and risk analysis. Specific travel planning and contingencies are based on the analysis. Some of our solutions available include pre-travel advance work, secure journey management and personnel tracking. 

Data Protection 

As we rely more and more on online platforms and upload vasts amounts of secure data onto online platforms, the need for adequate data protection is exponential. 

This means you need to start taking your cybersecurity more seriously. The best way to do this is to hire an external organisation that specialises in this type of security. This is what your business might need to do though; 

  • Install and maintain a firewall configuration that provides security and protects and secures the stored data.
  • Do no use default vendor passwords and another parameter of security.
  • Use anti-virus and frequently update their programs to remove any malicious software.
  • Secure systems and applications should be developed and maintained.
  • Those with access to your system should be assigned a unique user ID.
  • Track and supervise network access.
  • Regular testing of security systems and processes should take place.
  • A policy must be maintained that addresses information security for all personnel.
  • Use of cameras to monitor vulnerable areas. Classification of media is required to protect sensitive data.
  • Sensitive Authentication Data must be secured.

Go into the new year ready to take on anything that comes your way. Ensure your company and your employees are protected at all times with comprehensive security policies in place. We would love to give you the confidence to feel safe and secure in the new year, please contact us

Protecting yourself isn’t always about your physical safety and security. Nowadays there is an increase in the risk to your online safety. We often don’t think about the threat that being online can pose. We’re on our own mobile devices or laptops and computers so what’s the big deal? Here’s the thing; the internet is open to everyone, and everything you put out there is accessible by anyone. Meaning that it is imperative that you are more aware of your online presence and various safety precautions.

What are you doing to ensure you’re 100% protected while online? 

Most of us aren’t able to confidently answer that. But we’re here to tell you exactly what you should be doing to optimise your online safety. 

Why you should take online safety seriously

The worldwide web is a vast and sometimes scary place. There is so much going on in the online world that we don’t even know about. Many people use the internet to prey on unsuspecting victims for various heinous crimes. These include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Phishing
  • Scams 
  • Stealing of personal information
  • Impersonations 
  • Viruses, among other threats. 

This doesn’t even cover the risk poor online security has on businesses. 

Ask yourself

  1. Do I know all of the people on my social media friend’s list? 
  2. Are my social media accounts set to private? Have I checked if the privacy settings have been changed/updated?
  3. Who can see my content or my online activity? 
  4. Am I giving away private information, like my home address, the name of my child’s school or even my current location? 
  5. Have I revealed that I’m currently on holiday, letting potential criminals know that my house is vacant? 
  6. Have I clicked on any unsecured links that will hack my various online accounts or steal my private information? 
  7. Did I shared my account passwords with anyone? 

How to stay safe online

It’s time you take your cybersecurity seriously. Here are our top tips on how to stay safe online. 

Cybersecurity is a moving target.

Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new tricks to threaten your online security, so you need to be conscientious about what you’re downloading and keep up to date with the latest security updates. Make sure you keep a watchful eye on the news for any new online threats.

Has someone gone phishing?

Phishing is a term used to describe an individual or group of individuals who scam users. They do so by sending emails or creating web pages that are designed to collect your online banking, credit card, or other login information. 

You may be sophisticated enough to know not to click on a URL that’s supposedly from your bank or a friend, but does everyone in your household? Make sure your family members are aware of phishing and warn them not to click on URLs from an email or social network message. 

It is also advisable to get a security program that recognises and blocks potentially unsafe URLs.

Beware of scams

There are various ways to trick you into entering your personal information. Even some so-called “legitimate” businesses can trick you into signing up for recurring annual payments without you even realising it. 

Use a password management system

Passwords are your primary defence against hackers and it’s no secret that it’s often a flimsy one; Kitty123 just isn’t going to cut it. Bolster your defence with a password management program, this way a more secure password is generated for you and best of all, you only need to remember one password.

Keep social networks secure

There’s a good chance that at least one person in your house is on a social network. Unfortunately, social media networks have become a haven for cybercriminals. 

Keep a close eye on your social media accounts. If someone messages you who hasn’t done so in a while, then it might be suspicious, especially if they are sending you random links or asking personal questions.

Educate kids about online safety

When it comes to cybersecurity, kids are often the weakest link. Get security software that keeps your children from clicking on the wrong links and visiting the wrong sites. Teach kids about suspicious activity online and encourage them to ask for help if something seems suspicious.

What about your mobile devices?

Your phone and tablet need as much security protection as your PC. Make sure you’ve got a full security solution that covers your mobile devices as well. Put a passcode on your tablets and phones too.

Watch out for online shopping

Many online shopping sites are fake. Many have fallen victim to the stunning items that are being sold online for cheap prices but often these sites are used to scam you into divulging your personal details so they can drain your bank account. Make sure you’re only purchasing from reputable sites. 

When in doubt, call support

The best security software programs offer support 24/7. If you ever have any suspicions you’ve been hacked, call for help. 

It might seem tedious but your online safety matters and by being more wary of it, you’ll suffer less in the future. If you have any questions about online safety or data protection, feel free to contact us.