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Customs, IR officers issued guidelines for protection against cyber activities

Customs, IR officers issued guidelines for protection against cyber activities

LAHORE: The Pakistan Revenue Automation Private Limited (PRAL) has issued an advisory to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Customs officers to take precautionary measures against URLs at Whatsapp, groups, passwords stealing apps on Google play store and malicious cyber activities from North Koreans.

Sharing precautionary measures with the officers, the PRAL  said that the FBR’s IT security policy must be followed and a copy be obtained from IT wing of the board. The PRAL warned the officers not to download attachments from emails and messengers unless sure about the source.  The officers were told to use official emails and maintain regular offline backups or centralized offline backup of critical data. Besides, the official should avoid clicking on links to restrict the identification of the location.

It was also said that the officers should regularly update all third party applications and hardware with latest patches.  Enable Google play protect security features on the device and this feature will remove uninstall malicious apps from users’ Android smartphone to prevent further harm, it was instructed.