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SANS Security Tip of the Day

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Security Awareness Tip of The Day
Updated: 3 hours 4 min ago

Cloud Security

July 24, 2015 - 9:26am
One of the most effective steps you can take to protect your cloud account is to make sure you are using two-step verification. In addition, always be sure you know exactly whom you are sharing files with. It is very easy to accidently share your files with the entire Internet when you think you are only sharing them with specific individuals.

Don't Lose That Device

July 24, 2015 - 9:26am
Did you know that according to the Verizon DBIR team, you are 16 times more likely to lose a laptop or mobile devices than have it stolen? When you are traveling, always double-check to make sure you have your mobile device with you, such as when you finish going through airport security, leave your taxi or check out of your hotel.

Never Give Your Password Over the Phone

July 24, 2015 - 9:26am
Never give your password to someone over the phone. If someone calls you and asks for your password while saying they are from the Help Desk or Tech Support team, it is an attacker attempting to gain access to your account.

Kids and Screenshots

July 23, 2015 - 3:22pm
If you have kids with mobile devices, create a central home charging station in a place like your bedroom. Before the kids go to bed at night, have them put their mobile devices there so they are not tempted to play with them when they should be sleeping.

Use Caution Opening Email Attachments

July 22, 2015 - 3:09pm
A common method cyber criminals use to hack into people�s computers is to send them emails with infected attachments. People are tricked into opening these attachments because they appear to come from someone or something they know and trust. Only open email attachments that you were expecting. Not sure about an email? Call the person to confirm they sent it.

Securely Deleting Files

July 21, 2015 - 3:02pm
When you delete a file, that file is actually still on your computer. The only way you can truly and securely remove a file is by wiping it or using some type of secure deletion.

Forwarding Emails

July 20, 2015 - 2:49pm
When you forward an email to others or copy new people to an email thread, review all the content in the entire email and make sure the information contained in it is suitable for everyone. It is very easy to forward emails to others, not realizing there is highly sensitive information in the bottom of the email that people should not have access to.

Plugins

July 19, 2015 - 2:41pm
Every plugin or add-on you install in your browser can expose you to more danger. Only install the plugins you need and make sure they are always current. If you no longer need a plugin, disable or remove it from your browser via your browser's plugin preferences.

Security Technology Cannot Stop All Attacks

July 15, 2015 - 2:04pm
Technology alone cannot protect you. Bad guys are constantly developing new ways to get past firewalls, anti-virus and filters. You are the best defense against any attacker.

Anti-Virus

July 9, 2015 - 12:56pm
Make sure you have anti-virus software installed on your computer and that it is automatically updating. However, keep in mind that no anti-virus can catch all malware; your computer can still be infected. That is why it's so important you use common sense and be wary of any messages that seem odd or suspicious.

Browse With Encryption

July 9, 2015 - 12:52am
When browsing online, encrypting your online activities is one of the best ways to protect yourself. Make sure your online connection is encrypted by making sure HTTPS is in the website address and that there is a green lock next to it.

Shopping Online

July 7, 2015 - 12:21am
When shopping online, always use your credit cards instead of a debit card. If any fraud happens, it is far easier to recover your money from a credit card transaction. Gift cards and one-time-use credit card numbers are even more secure.

Periodically check your credit report

June 23, 2015 - 9:01am

Patch and update on a regular basis

June 23, 2015 - 9:01am

Don't buy anything from a spammer

June 23, 2015 - 9:01am
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