SANS OUCH! Newletters
January 2022: Spot and Stop Messaging Attacks
Smishing (a combination of SMS and phishing) are attacks that occur when cyber attackers use SMS, texting, or similar messaging technologies to send you a message that fools you into doing something you should not do, such as providing your credit card details, get you to call a phone number to get your banking information, or convince you to fill out an online survey to harvest your personal information. These simple attacks have exploded in the past twelve months because they are so effective. This month’s newsletter will help you spot the most common clues and stop messaging attacks.
December 2021: Top Cybersecurity Tips For Vacations
As the holiday season approaches, millions of people will be traveling. If you are among the many, here are some tips to help keep you cyber savvy and safe.
November 2021: Shopping Online Securely
The holiday season is nearing and soon millions of people will be looking to buy the perfect gifts, and many of us will shop online. Unfortunately, cyber criminals will be active as well, creating fake shopping websites and other online shopping scams to steal your information or money. We dive in and share guidance on how you can find good deals without becoming a victim.
October 2021: Avoid The Most Common Email Mistakes
Email is still one of the primary ways we communicate, both in our personal and professional lives. However, quite often we can be our own worst enemy when using email. Here are the most common mistakes people make with email and how to avoid them.
September 2021: One Simple Step to Securing Your Accounts
Does it seem like cyber criminals have a magic wand for getting into your email or bank accounts and there’s nothing you can do to stop them? Wouldn’t it be great if there was one single step you could take that would help protect your from cyber criminals and let you securely make the most of technology? While no sole step will stop all cyber criminals, one of the most important steps you can take is to enable something called two-factor authentication (sometimes called 2FA, two-step verification, or multi-factor authentication) on your most important accounts.
August 2021: Securely Using the Cloud
You may have heard of a concept called “the cloud.” This means using a service provider on the internet to store and manage your data. Examples include creating documents on Google Docs, accessing email in Microsoft O365, sharing files via Dropbox, or storing your pictures on Apple’s iCloud. While you access and synchronize your data from multiple devices anywhere in the world and share your information with anyone you want, you often do not know and cannot control where your data is physically stored.
July 2021: Securing Your Mobile Devices
Mobile devices are an amazing and easy way to communicate with friends, shop or bank online, watch movies, play games, and perform a myriad of other activities. It may surprise you to know that the biggest risk to your mobile device is most likely not cyber criminals but you. You are far more likely to lose or forget a mobile device than have someone hack into it. Since these devices are such an important part of your life, it is essential to keep you and your devices safe and secure.