LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11pm

This Hari Raya, Your Cybersecurity Is Just As Important As Driving Safely To 'Balik Kampung'

By now, Malaysians are familiar with public messages calling for drivers to drive safely during the balik kampung rush on festive seasons such as the upcoming Hari Raya.

However, many are still ignorant towards the importance of cybersecurity in an age where everyone is more connected than ever.

During Hari Raya, Malaysians will undoubtedly use their smartphones and social media accounts to spread festive message to their loved ones, as well as shopping online and watching videos.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals might use this increase in connectivity to spread malicious software or viruses to unsuspecting netizens.

In informing Malaysians regarding the importance of cyber security, CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) has issued a circular advising netizens to practice safe internet browsing habits to minimise the risk of your personal data from being exploited by irresponsible culprits.

“In this digital age, staying safe extends to more than just physical safety such as driving, riding your motorcycle and cooking, as it also includes safety in the cyberworld when you are browsing the internet or using internet-based applications including social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and others,” says CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Dato’ Dr Hj Amirudin Abdul Wahab.

The cybersecurity watchdog reveals that based on reports lodged by netizens to Cyber999, online threats have increased from March to May, with the majority of the cases involving scams, privacy breaches, malware infections and cyber disruptions.

To help Malaysians in practicing safe cyber habits during the festive season, CSM has provided a list of guidelines, such as not clicking on suspicious links in your email or social media accounts as it could contain viruses.

Think before posting anything – don’t reveal personal information recklessly and always check the legitimacy of any information that you wish to share.

You should also consider investing in anti-virus software for your devices for enhanced security, while also keeping other software and operating system in your devices to be up-to-date.

Taking proactive steps to prevent cyber scams should be the priority of Malaysians, by equipping themselves with the knowledge to browse the internet safely. Netizens are advised to visit for guides and tips on smart cyber habits.

Most importantly, netizens should limit the time spent on mobile phones and instead focus more on bonding with families and friends during the festive season. Parents should also limit their children from spending too much time on devices.

Malaysians who are affected by cyberthreats can lodge a report at 1-300-88-2999 (office hours), +6019 2665850 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

-- mD