Monthly Security Tips: Be Social, but Skeptical

Have you ever received a strange message from a “friend” on Facebook, asking you to share a password or join their new business venture? Maybe they asked some seemingly innocent questions, like your current address, first pet’s name, mother’s maiden name, father’s middle name… if this sounds familiar, you may have been a target of social engineering.

The January edition of OUCH!, a monthly security newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, explains social engineering and teaches you how to avoid it. With just a few bits of information from you, hackers can access other accounts or open new ones on your behalf, unlocking doors to devious possibilities! SANS shares some of the most common types of social engineering so you can avoid falling victim to such scams.

Enterprise Security at The Ohio State University also shares tips for protecting your personal information. Visit to learn more.