Making Sense of Security Online Safety Tips

7 Best Online Safety Tips

Best 7 Online Safety Tips Video for Cybersecurity Awareness Month October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Here are some basic online tips from Making Sense of Security to keep your digital activity safe. Don’t Give Out Personal Information Avoid online phishing attempts by keeping your personal information private. Don’t give out your phone number, social security information, or banking info to someone you don’t know. Create Complex Passwords Create passwords with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Consider using password managers to create and keep track of your passwords. Check Website Reliability Before purchasing anything on a website ensure that it’s safe. You can do this by checking if it has a small lock icon or “https” before...

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October - Making Sense of Security

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Cybersecurity applies to the measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.  Here we at Making Sense of Security provide a few simple measures to help you stay safe in the digital world.  BASIC CYBERSECURITY BEST PRACTICES: MAKE A UNIQUE AND LONG PASSWORDThe Longer your password, the more complex it can become for hackers to crack. A strong password is at least 12 characters long. Focus on multiple characters that you like to think about and are easy to remember. Make sure you use more letters than numbers. Also include symbols [email protected]#$%^&*?>. BE CAUTIOUS OF WIFI HOTSPOTS  Public...

Another Tax Season, More Scams

Another Tax Season, More Scams

It’s the start of tax season. This is the time of year when we collect our receipts and tax forms and hope for a nice big refund from the U.S. government. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are also looking for a nice big score as well. This year is going to be worse than ever, as many people have been struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic and are really looking forward to that refund. According to an article by Bleeping Computer, taxpayers are being targeted with phishing attacks with RAT malware that is more aggressive than ever before. And with the new extended deadline, this only means these cybercriminals will use every social engineering technique in the book. As unemployment has skyrocketed...

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A Can of Phish Bait: from Surveys to Rule Changes to Your Boss’s Boss

Employees need to continue being wary of phishing scams as they begin to return to the office, according to Roger Kay at INKY. Kay describes several phishing templates that INKY has intercepted in recent months, including one that informed recipients that they needed to fill out a compliance form related to COVID-19 risks. “Reasonably well written, this email, apparently from the human resources department at the target company, actually came from phishers located in the United Kingdom,” Kay writes. “There are elements that might strike the recipient as strange. For example, the phrase ‘recuperating favorably’ is a bit off. Noncompliance is spelled ‘non-compliance.’ And ‘these guide and policies’ has an agreement-of-number problem. But otherwise, it’s a pretty good fake,...

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How to Spot, and Prevent, the Tax Scams That Target Seniors

How to Spot, and Prevent, the Tax Scams That Target Seniors Elderly scams cost seniors in the U.S. some $3 billion annually. And tax season adds a healthy sum to that appalling figure. What makes seniors such a prime target for tax scams? The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states several factors. For one, seniors are typically trusting and polite. Additionally, many own their own home, have some manner of savings, and enjoy the benefits of good credit—all of which make for an ideal victim profile. Also according to the FBI, elders may be less able or willing to report being scammed because they may not know the exact way in which they were scammed, or they may feel...

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