Did you know there are just a few basic steps you can take to keep your devices and information secure? All you need to remember is that you are the most powerful defense against hackers. Just know, with great power comes great responsibility.
You’ve likely sent a text to your mom that started as innocent—until autocorrect had some fun with your message. But have you ever sent an email to the wrong auto-completed address? Or written an email while angry and then accidentally replied to an entire group of coworkers? Including your boss?
In the September edition of OUCH!, a monthly security newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, you can learn simple email etiquette, appropriate for all your personal and professional communications.
You are likely a pro at spotting phishing emails—the ones with poor grammar, asking you to log into your bank account through a suspiciously long link. But how do you defend against fraudulent emails that appear to be coming from the CEO? Your boss? Someone from a company you regularly do business with?
You’ve heard of encryption and you know it’s something you are supposed to do in order to protect the information on your devices…but do you know how to do it? Encryption changes your information into cipher-text, which is unreadable for those without a password or other type of key (like a fingerprint). Lucky for you, many services and devices automatically encrypt your personal information! Even so, it’s still important to know how to enable encryption to keep your information safe from hackers.
Ray Bradbury predicted it back in 1950 in his short story “There Will Come Soft Rains”—household appliances and devices being set to automatically make breakfast, clean the house, open the garage door and more. In 2016, 10 years ahead of Bradbury’s scenario, we’re already entering this world thanks to the Internet of Things.
Sometimes you can just tell something is up with your computer: your passwords no longer work, programs are turning on randomly, your friends question your latest “business opportunity,” the list goes on. You dread what these signs could mean—you’ve been hacked. But don’t panic. You need to act fast to shake off the bad situation before it gets worse.
Digital viruses, also known as malware, can infect your computer, cause annoying symptoms and threaten your privacy. These viruses target every gadget including PC, Mac and mobile devices. While you are having fun with your computers and smartphones, don’t forget to boost the immune system of these tech toys.
Have you ever received an email that looks like it’s from your bank, but the grammar is a bit off? What about an email from a friend, but the intro says “Greetings Sir” instead of addressing you by name? Chances are you’ve received several of these phishing emails in your lifetime. If you are unfamiliar with phishing, SANS will get you up to speed!