Thursday, October 1, 2020

This month's mantra: Friends don't let friends get scammed!

Welcome to National Cybersecurity Month in the U.S.! This is the time of year where cyber pros do our best to raise awareness about staying safe online. 

The best way we can get ahead of the bad guys is by paying attention, staying alert, being skeptical of hyperlinks and attachments to emails, and sharing information with each other.

As such, one of my favorite security outfits—Sophos, is promoting this theme: Friends don't let friends get scammed!

If you get scammed online, report it to IC3.gov or FTC.gov. Post about it on your social media page. Warn your friends and family and co-workers (without sharing malicious links). If someone hacks your email, warn everyone in your Contacts list and reset your password to a long passphrase (stored in password manager software instead of written on a sticky note) while enabling multi-factor authentication on the account.

Believe me, there is a lot at stake here. Pay it forward. 

For more information, see this article (https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/10/01/becybersmart-why-friends-dont-let-friends-get-scammed/) or listen the brief audio interview (https://soundcloud.com/sophos-audio/friends-dont-let-friends-get-scammed). Both offer some great advice that will protect all of us.


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