INTERNET banking is safe, but people need to be cautious about the webcams on their personal computers and laptops.
Rey Lugtu, a veteran business executive and entrepreneur, said this at the launch of the Forum on Cyber Security and the Internet of Things recently at the Discovery Primea.
Lugtu is one of the advisers of Global Chamber Manila, which is organizing a one-day cyber security forum on Jan. 31.
He said that in terms of security, the Philippines is at par with other countries in the region in terms of security infrastructures.
But individuals need to take care of what transactions they do and what websites they use to do business.
On the other hand, net users need to put plastic covers or any form of protection on their webcams when they activate Facebook or any social media programs on their laptops.
This is to keep hackers from possibly spying on their activities from remote locations.
“I always talk about this. That 95 percent of security breaches happens based on behavior. Awareness is important. Awareness among individuals and organizations is important,” said Lugtu.
The one-day forum, dubbed as the “Forum on Cyber Security and the Internet of Things,” will be held at the Enderun Colleges at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
Web expert Marc Goodman is coming and he will talk about many advances in technology and its pitfalls.
The New York Times bestselling author is a global strategist and consultant, who is focused on the profound changes that technology is having on security, business and international affairs.
Questions on how people in the Philippines can protect themselves from the dangers of cyber security will be tackled.
The speakers who will come will also talk about how social media and computer programs can be made more secure.
Organizers expect more than 250 representatives from both the public and private sector to attend.
Global Chambers is a community of CEOs, executives, professionals and students from over 500 metropolitan areas around the world.