Good Online Safety Habits
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Cybersecurity Spotlight: Gone Phishing
Most phishing emails will start with “Dear Customer” so you should be alert when you come across these emails plus these 10 tips:
- Keep Informed About Phishing Techniques - Keep your eyes peeled for news about new phishing scams.
- Think Before You Click! - Hover over links that you are unsure of before clicking on them.
- Install an Anti-Phishing Toolbar - Most popular Internet browsers can be customized with anti-phishing toolbars.
- Verify a Site’s Security - Before submitting any information, make sure the site’s URL begins with “https” and there should be a closed lock icon near the address bar.
- Check Your Online Accounts Regularly - Segment your network: Don’t place all data on one file share accessed by everyone in the company.
- Keep Your Browser Up to Date - Security patches are released for popular browsers all the time. They are released in response to the security loopholes that phishers and other hackers inevitably discover and exploit.
- Use firewalls - High-quality firewalls act as buffers between you, your computer and outside intruders. You should use two different kinds: a desktop firewall and a network firewall.
- Be Wary of Pop-Ups - Pop-up windows often masquerade as legitimate components of a website. All too often, though, they are phishing attempts.
- Never Give Out Personal Information - As a general rule, you should never share personal or financially sensitive information over the Internet.
- Use Antivirus Software - Special signatures that are included with antivirus software guard against known technology workarounds and loopholes. Just be sure to keep your software up to date.
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