Security Awareness Tips from September 2021

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Published | October 7, 2021

Personalized Scams

September 27th, Tip of the Week  | Cyber criminals now have a wealth of information on almost all of us. With so many organizations getting hacked, cyber criminals can simply purchase databases with personal information on millions of people, then use that information to customize their attacks, making them far more realistic. Just because an urgent email has your home address, phone number, or birth date in it does not mean it is legitimate.

Securely Disposing Mobile Devices

September 20th, Tip of the Week  | Do you plan on giving away or selling one of your older mobile devices? Make sure you wipe or reset your device before disposing of it. If you don’t, the next person who owns it will have access to all of your accounts and personal information.

Updating Plugins

September 13th, Tip of the Week  | Every plugin or add-on you install in your browser can expose you to more danger. Only install the plugins you need and make sure they are always current. If you no longer need a plugin, disable or remove it from your browser via your browser’s plugin preferences.

Bluetooth

September 6th, Tip of the Week  | Turn off Bluetooth if you are not using it on your computer or mobile device. Not only does this make it more secure, but it also saves battery life.

Use Caution Opening Links in Email Messages

August 30th, Tip of the Week  | A common method cyber criminals use to hack into people’s computers is to send them emails with malicious links. They then try to rush or trick you into opening these links by making the email appear to come from someone or something your know or trust. If you click on a link, you may be taken to a site that attempts to harvest your information or tries to hack into your computer. Only click on links that you were expecting.

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