Cyber Tips to Ward off Hackers

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Cyber Tips

One thing I know about humans-we trust people way too easily. Unfortunately, trust isn’t something we can be generous with when it comes to cyber security.

Here are some recent scams and tips to fend off hacks and data attacks.

Financial Pretexting Scam:

(Examples of pretexting)

Phone call: Hi [your name], this is your bank. I see some unusual activity on your account. I need to confirm this is you so can you please provide your card number so I can confirm it.

Recorded message: This message is an important reminder for [your name]. Recently, somebody attempted to change the password of your [company] account. A temporary PIN was provided. If you did not request this temporary PIN, please call us immediately at [number].

Email: After your last tax filing, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $180.00. To access your tax refund, use the following personalized link [fake link].

How to Avoid Falling for it:

  • Use 2-factor authentication to access email.
    For example, use a password + a unique code texted to your phone for your email.
  • Don’t immediately click links or open attachments in emails.
    Hackers can pretend to be from companies you know and use, so be sure before you click. Or better yet, go directly to the site in a web browser first. If you’re not expecting an email attachment or link, call or text the person who sent it to ensure it was really them.
  • Avoid uploading personal information online (like your bank account).
    Even if you know the company or website, be sure the device you are using is secure when you need to upload personal information.
  • Start new sessions in your browser frequently.
  • Completely log out and close your browser when finishing a session. Clearing your browser history regularly is a good idea, too.

Secret Squirrel Attack: Connecting to unknown public WiFi may give hackers an open window to hijack your identity or steal your personal information. They may also install malware on your device and use your identity to send emails, texts and social posts on your behalf.

How to Avoid Falling for it:

  • Be aware when using public WiFi.
    Public WiFi in places like coffee shops and hotels is more susceptible to mobile attacks, so limit the personal information you share (e.g., personally identifying information) and the type of activities you do (e.g., banking) online while using public WiFi.
  • Keep devices in your possession.
    When traveling (especially internationally) don’t let your devices out of your sight. If a device is out of your possession for a significant amount of time, be aware that your information may be compromised.
  • Double-check to see where your account is logged geographically.
    Facebook provides this option, for example. If you see you’ve logged in on the other side of the world, your account has been compromised and you’ll need to reset your password(s) and notify your contacts.

Source: Verizon’s Data Breach Digest

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