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Protect yourself from cybercrime

The evolution of cybercrime

It used to be relatively easy to avoid phishing attacks. There are many programmes on the market to reduce spam and block most malicious emails. However, cybercriminals are getting smarter and they are finding new ways to prey on unsuspecting email receipients, known as spear phishing.

You may have noticed some of these emails in your inbox. They may seem like legitimate emails from a reputable company, but the email is designed to trick you into extracting sensitive information like computer login details, personal information that can be used for identity theft, or to use the link to gain unauthorised access to your bank account.

It’s obvious that technology can only help so much in the fight against cybercrime. Knowing how to differentiate legitimate emails from spam, when to delete and when to click on links, can save you from a nasty experience. No one wants to fall victim to a fraudster.

How can you protect yourself?

Mimecast has developed a new version of Targeted Threat Protection, which will help businesses to build a Human Firewall. It’s intuitive, able to easily adapt and is as strong as they training that they give. They do this by teaching you simple tricks, like checking the URL, for example instead of ‘sars’ it may say ‘sar’. It is important that business decision makers to do their part by educating employees about the dangers of sharing personal information using a malicious link.

At Girl Geeks, we are passionate about empowerment and education. To help you to learn how to protect yourself online, Mimecast is hosting a Human Firewall event on 10 September and it’s FREE to attend. All you need to do is register here. To follow the conversation on social media, track #SpearPhishing #HumanFirewall.

Mums on the Run Workshop – Review and Win

At Girl Geeks, we are passionate about education. Whether that is sharing knowledge through our events, or educating the next generation of women to enter the tech field. Of course, we know that there are enormous challenges surrounding education, which is why we were thrilled to attend the Mums on the Run workshop, hosted by A to Z tutoring.

The workshop has been developed by Raquel Nielson. Raquel has a BSc degree in Molecular Cell Biology, a BSc Honours in Biotechnology and postgrad certificate in education with honours in mathematics and further education and training. She’s also taught for a few years. You could not find a person more passionate about education than Raquel and it is wonderful to see.

The idea behind the workshop is to teach parents simple skills that they can use in everyday life to help their children learn.

For example:

  • Baking: when you are baking with your child, show them what each ingredient is and how much it weighs. As they get older, you can ask them to get the ingredients themselves and even start to weigh them out for you.
  • Every day shapes: as children get older, they need to master geometry. A good way to give them a head start is to use something simple like a cereal box. Look at the size, shape, surface area. Show them the vitamin and nutrient breakdown.
  • Time management: a good tip is to spend a portion of time each day to going through schoolwork, even if there is not any homework. This gets children into a good habit and will hopefully keep them from pretending that they don’t have any!

The workshop is R250 and is well worth attending. They also offer classes to companies. The next workshop is on 13 March and we have 1 ticket to give away! If you would like to attend, all you need to do is comment on this post and tell us why you would like to win a ticket. The lucky winner will be announced on 2 March 2015.


Technology in Education

As promised, here are the videos from our guest speaker, Michelle Lissoos.


Apple – Making a difference. One app at a time

Revolutionising Education: iPad in South African Schools