Security Awareness Tips

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SANS Institute has a great section called “Security Awareness Tip of the Day“. Some of the cybersecurity tips include:

Beware of USB Flash Drive

A white hat hacker broke into a bank and left 20 USB tokens lying around the parking lot of the bank for employees to find. When they plugged in the USB token, the Trojan backdoor was installed on the employees’ computers and the hacker was into the banks network!

Use Variations on a Strong “Core” Password

Create a strong “core” password and then unique variations on it for each online system or site system you use. Use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, at least one number and one non-alphanumeric character or symbol, and no personally identifiable information. By adding a character or two at the beginning or the end, you can have many variations to use for each system or site.

Don’t Click the “Unsubscribe” Link at the Bottom of Unsolicited Emails

Spam filters are catching most unwanted e-mail, but some might still reach you. Most spam is designed to get you to respond with your own email or to click a link to “unsubscribe.” When you respond or click the “unsubscribe” link, the sender takes your email address and adds it to a SPAM database of active email addresses. You might then start to receive a large amount of SPAM in your inbox.

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