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Securely Disposing Mobile Devices

SANS Tip of the Day - 15 hours 38 min ago
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.

Social Media Privacy Settings

SANS Tip of the Day - Fri, 09/10/2021 - 01:00
Privacy settings on social networks can be confusing to configure and change often. Ultimately, if you do not want your parents or boss reading one of your posts, do not post the message or photo.

Shopping Online

SANS Tip of the Day - Wed, 08/25/2021 - 01:00
When shopping online, always use your credit cards instead of a debit card. If any fraud happens, it is far easier to recover your money from a credit card transaction. Gift cards and one-time-use credit card numbers are even more secure.

Unique Passwords

SANS Tip of the Day - Fri, 08/13/2021 - 01:00
Make sure each of your accounts has a separate, unique password. Can't remember all of your passwords/passphrases? Consider using a password manager to securely store all of them for you.

Virtual Private Networks

SANS Tip of the Day - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 01:00
Virtual Private Networks (VPN) create encrypted tunnels when you connect to the Internet. They are a fantastic way to protect your privacy and data, especially when traveling and connecting to untrusted or unknown networks, such as at hotels or coffee shops. Use a VPN whenever possible, both for work and personal use.

Older Generation

SANS Tip of the Day - Wed, 08/11/2021 - 01:00
Using technology securely can be overwhelming or confusing, especially for those who did not grow up with it. When helping secure those who are uncomfortable with technology focus on just the basics - 1) be aware of social engineering attacks 2) secure your home network 3) keep your systems updated 4) use strong, unique passwords 5) backup your key personal data

Scamming You Through Social Media

SANS Tip of the Day - Thu, 08/05/2021 - 01:00
You may be aware that cyber attacks will try to trick you over the phone or through email using phishing attacks, but do you realize they may try to attack you also over social media channels, such as Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn? Just like in email, if you get any social media messages that are highly urgent or too good to be true, it may be an attack.

Search Yourself Online

SANS Tip of the Day - Tue, 08/03/2021 - 01:00
Ever wonder just how much information is publicly available about you? Ever wonder how cyber criminals harvest information and customize attacks for their victims? The technique is called Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and it is far simpler and more powerful than you think.

Hosting a Video Conference

SANS Tip of the Day - Wed, 07/28/2021 - 01:00
When hosting a video conference, make sure you password protect the conference so only authorized individuals can join. If there are any strangers or people who you do not recognize on the call, remove them.

Patch and Update

SANS Tip of the Day - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 01:00
One of the most effective ways you can protect your computers and devices at home is to make sure both the operating system and your applications are patched and updated. Enable automatic updating whenever possible.

CEO Fraud

SANS Tip of the Day - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 01:00
CEO Fraud / BEC is a type of targeted email attack. It commonly involves a cyber criminal pretending to be your boss or a senior leader and then tricking you into sending the criminal highly sensitive information, buying gift cards or initiating a wire transfer. Be highly suspicious of any emails demanding immediate action and/or asking you to bypass any security procedures.

Digital Inheritance

SANS Tip of the Day - Wed, 07/21/2021 - 01:00
What happens to our digital presence when we die or become incapacitated? Many of us have or know we should have a will and checklists of what loved ones need to know in the event of our passing. But what about all of our digital data and online accounts? Consider creating some type of digital will, often called a "Digital Inheritance" plan.

Messaging / Smishing Attacks

SANS Tip of the Day - Tue, 07/20/2021 - 01:00
Cyber attackers can just as easily trick or fool you in messaging apps as they can in email. Be on the look-out for scams or attacks via apps such as Slack, Skype, WhatsApp or event simple text messaging. The most common clues are tremendous sense of urgency or curiosity.

Smart Home Devices

SANS Tip of the Day - Mon, 07/12/2021 - 01:00
Now adays most of us have numerous devices in our homes connect to the Internet. From thermostats and gaming consoles to baby monitors, door locks or even your car. Ensure you change the default passwords on these devices and enable automatic updating.

What is Malware

SANS Tip of the Day - Fri, 07/09/2021 - 01:00
Malware is software--a computer program--used to perform malicious actions. In fact, the term malware is a combination of the words malicious and software. Cyber criminals install malware on your computers or devices to gain control over them or gain access to what they contain. Once installed, these attackers can use malware to spy on your online activities, steal your passwords and files, or use your system to attack others.

Reporting an Incident

SANS Tip of the Day - Thu, 07/08/2021 - 01:00
Bad guys are very persistent, eventually anyone can make a mistake. If a phone call from the "Help Desk" doesn't sound quite right, if an email seems suspicious or if a program you installed starts acting funny, ask for help! In addition, perhaps you lost a work laptop or a USB drive. The sooner you report an incident, the sooner we can help resolve the problem.

Personalized Scams

SANS Tip of the Day - Wed, 07/07/2021 - 01:00
Cyber criminals now have a wealth of information on almost all of us. With so many organizations getting hacked, cyber criminals 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.

You Are a Target

SANS Tip of the Day - Mon, 07/05/2021 - 01:00
You may not realize it, but you are a target. Your computer, work, personal accounts, and your information are all highly valuable to cyber criminals. Be mindful that bad guys are out to get you.

Identity Theft

SANS Tip of the Day - Mon, 06/28/2021 - 01:00
Identity theft is when someone steals information about you and then uses that information to pretend to be you and commit crimes, such as credit card fraud. One of the key steps to protecting yourself is monitoring your financial, credit score and credit card accounts. The sooner you detect fraud in any of these accounts, the sooner you can minimize the damage.

Go with Passphrases

SANS Tip of the Day - Fri, 06/25/2021 - 01:00
Passphrases are one of the strongest type of passwords you can use and often the easiest to remember and type. Simply use random words or an entire sentence for your password, such as "Honey rain beach lost" The longer your passphrase, the stronger it is.