Cybersecurity Smart

People continue to be the #1 cybersecurity risk–and can be the weakest link in the communications chain. All the technology savvy in the world cannot prevent someone from inadvertently clicking on a link. Remember, you are the first and last line of defense in effective cybersecurity.  Here are some of the latest scams to watch out for:

Fake Google Docs – A message arrives in your Gmail account stating someone wants to share a Google document with you. Falling for this phishing scam will expose your Gmail credentials. Remember to use separate credentials for each website you visit–especially financial sites or apps. Also, beware of phishing scams posing as the IRS or charitable organizations.

Malicious Website Links – The Wannacry malware infected computers with ransomware after the user clicked on a malicious link on a website. Always keep a backup copy of your data in case you get hit with ransomware and your computer becomes encrypted.  If in doubt about a website, you can check its legitimacy at: www.urlvoid.com.

Social Engineering – Someone calls you impersonating your company’s IT department or a technology vendor, such as Microsoft, Apple etc., and convinces you to let them connect to your computer. Don’t trust a caller you don’t know!

Texting – Text scams are gaining in popularity with hackers. If you have apps on your phone that store IDs and passwords, be very careful before clicking on a link contained in a text message received on your phone.

For additional safety tips, visit our Insights page on our website.

Author Carmen Duarte

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