• Have you ever taught about your car’s safety when you are involved in a vehicle crash? Will you and your loved ones be protected in as far as it is possible? Refer to the article published on pp 14 -16 in Servamus: January 2020 to determine the NCAP safety rating of many cars on SA’s roads.

    Have you ever taught about your car’s safety when you are involved in a vehicle crash? Will you and your loved ones be protected in as far as it is possible? Refer to the article published on pp 14 -16 in Servamus: January 2020 to determine the NCAP safety rating of many cars on SA’s roads.

  • We all have a responsibility to create a safer world for our children – that includes on our roads. Sadly, vehicle crashes are some of the leading causes for child deaths. Walk This Way is a ChildSafe intervention project that aims to address child pedestrian safety – refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 34-35 giving more details.

    We all have a responsibility to create a safer world for our children – that includes on our roads. Sadly, vehicle crashes are some of the leading causes for child deaths. Walk This Way is a ChildSafe intervention project that aims to address child pedestrian safety – refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 34-35 giving more details.

  • Many people opt to go on a boat cruise for a holiday. Yet, there are many aspects that can affect the passengers and crew’s safety necessitating such cruise liners to have adequately trained security personnel. Refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 30-32 about what is done to mitigate treats to such cruise liners.

    Many people opt to go on a boat cruise for a holiday. Yet, there are many aspects that can affect the passengers and crew’s safety necessitating such cruise liners to have adequately trained security personnel. Refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 30-32 about what is done to mitigate treats to such cruise liners.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

We want to believe that the Internet is a safe place, but the reality is that it is a dangerous place where we can become easy targets for malicious actors who want to steal our most valuable personal data. These days criminal minds can reach further than before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices. People are seldom aware of how their personal information is used, collected and shared in a digital society. It is therefore important that we learn how to secure our personal information and "own" our online presence.

In our daily lives we produce an endless stream of data and conduct much of our lives on the Internet via our connected devices, such as smart phones, tablets and notebooks. Unfortunately, few people understand how much of our personal information is being collected and shared from our devices and the services we use online. Manfra (2018) explains that information such as purchases, history or location, has value, similar to money and urges people to be careful of who gets hold of information and how it is collected through Apps and websites. As this collected data can be stored indefinitely, our personal information can be used in both beneficial and unwelcome ways.

In the age of hashtags, likes, tweets, shares and snaps, online privacy can seem almost non-existent. We are sharing our lives through social media now more than ever (www.suncorp.com.au/learn about/security/online privacy.html) and in doing so we are voluntarily handing over a lot of personal information. But we must consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future. Therefore, it is important to pay special attention to online privacy. Manfra (2018) advises us that it is a good idea to review our social network friends and all contact lists from time to time to ensure that everyone still belongs. We are further advised to always set the privacy and security settings on websites and Apps to a level where one feels comfortable to share information. Each device, application or browser has different features to limit how and with whom we share information.

Be careful with Apps
Are you sure you are using the real and authentic versions of popular Apps installed on your phone? Recent reports indicated that spyware masquerading as popular android Apps are circulating online and that hackers may be using them to track the user. Users must always ensure that an App is legit and safe before downloading it on a device (Hesse, 2019). In July 2019, there was a privacy panic over FaceApp, the selfie-editing mobile App that makes people on photos look younger, older or turns them into members of the opposite sex. FaceApp apparently collects the photos people select for editing and sends them to servers running in Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services. According to the developer of this App, the main reason for that is performance and traffic as they want to ensure that the user does not upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. They claimed that most images are deleted from their servers within 48 hours from the upload date (Zorz, 2019). However, reading an App’s privacy policy and terms of service is a must, but we all know that very few of us oblige. FaceApp's privacy policy makes it clear that the App pulls data such as the user's location, IP address and log file information for the purpose of aiming targeted advertisements at the user. With this data, advertisers can aim advertisements at users in specific regions, for instance (www.cnet.com/news/faceapp privacy concerns).

Manfra (2018) argues that every device should be secured by a password or strong authentication such as finger swipe or facial recognition. Adhering to such security measures will limit access from unauthorised users and protect the user's information if devices are lost or stolen. It is also very important to delete unused Apps, update the ones you use and review App permissions. The same goes for other software and operating software to protect data loss from infections, malware and ransomware.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: October 2019 from pp 24-26. The rest of the article informs readers about dangers such as ransomware; and explains different online scams in easy to understand language. If you are interested in obtaining the rest of the article, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (012) 345 4660 to find out how. Ed.]

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Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.