Today’s discussion is a continuation of an article from a few weeks ago, where we talked about messages arriving in your email from someone you thought you knew. Based on recent messages, we have some more items to watch out for.
Today we are going to talk about email. We need to be vigilantly aware of who sends us the email and not just the name of the sender. We also need to look at the email address of the sender. The reason? You may be a target of “Phishing”.
Here we are 3 weeks into 2018 and our topic will discuss Cyber Security in the news. For those of you that thought that 2017 was a record year for infections and cyber-attacks, just wait for 2018. Digital Experts are reporting that 2018 will be more challenging for businesses as any organization could be the target of a data breach in 2018.
Today’s topic will help you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, by improving the communication process between you and your co-workers & clients. We are talking about the use of an out-of-office message. This is placed in your email account to notify incoming email message senders that you are out of the office.
Did you know that on this date, November 16th, several events happened that changed the course of history. For example, in 1959 the Sound of Music premiered on Broadway, and in 2001 the first Harry Potter film opened in the United States. So much for the good news.
Now for the bad news. Many individuals (hackers) are taking things that don’t belong to them including your identity. There are many ways to do this now that we are part of the digital age. One way is to infect your computer and these infections have matured and gotten worse every day. More
Today’s topic talks about the holiday season. Now that some of the holidays have come and gone for 2017, we need to talk about protecting yourself from online shopping scams. The holiday season started with Thanksgiving, immediately followed by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Cyber Tuesday and Cyber Wednesday. The web deals will continue all the way to the end of 2017.
News Reports show that 2017 set records for ordering products online. This is the first year (2017) that orders from mobile devices exceeded those from personal computers on Cyber Monday. It was the biggest online shopping day ever with over 6 billion dollars of products purchased.
Sales, site visits and promotional emails also dramatically increased in the three day stretch after Thanksgiving. With that comes an uptick in Cybercrime, with hackers attempting every trick in the book to scam, breach, or otherwise compromise us out of our valuable online data. So, we have some online shopping tips to keep you safe this holiday season.
1. Make sure that your mobile device and computer have a paid security software product installed. You may think that your mobile device may be protected from infections, but you are wrong. Your mobile device is running computer software and the applications and data are susceptible to infections. Visiting websites and clicking on links, can infect your computer AND mobile device. Mobile devices include, tablets, android phones, iPhones, and iPads.
2. Make sure any website you shop on includes “https” in the URL address. That extra “s” is an important one – it stands for secure, which means any data routed through that site has an extra layer of security added to it through a secure socket layer (SSL) or transport layer security (TLS) protocol connection.
3. Use credit cards instead of debit cards. Credit cards offer extra layers of security as well. Enhanced fraud monitoring, dispute procedures, and other protections come built in to most credit accounts, not to mention the extra points and rewards you could earn by using a credit card for your holiday spending. But the most basic safety mechanism here is that a credit card charge doesn’t come directly out of your bank account like a debit card charge does. In the event of a hack or breach, that can be a lifesaver.
4. Avoid giving out too much information. This should be a no-brainer in our data breach-dominated day and age, but if a shopping website or app requests a lot of info from the get-go (credit card numbers, access to photos or contacts), it’s probably a fraud. Accidentally granting permission like that is often just the mistake hackers are waiting for you to make.
5. Don’t click on any pop-up ads. Like step 4, this applies equally to Cyber Week websites and popular apps (and it carries over throughout the year, not just in November and December). But any time you get a lot of irritating pop-up ads, use caution. Clicking on one of those can lead a user to an external illicit site that installs malware or other viruses on your device.
If you would like additional information on anything discussed in this newsletter, please either call us at 855-767-9685, ext. 700 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elite Networking & Consulting offers their clients a security software solution for both computers (PC’s & Mac’s) and mobile devices, that is a necessity today. All computer related devices need to be protected by security software. Our product includes a Ransomware Vaccine that stops this type of infection before it can attack any of your data. This is the benefit of working with an IT Professional.
In the August 24th newsletter titled “To Open or Not Open the Document, That is the Question”, we discussed those emails that you receive but should be cautious about opening, referring to the Docu-Sign emails. Today, we will discuss those emails sent from Hotmail or Microsoft, asking you to verify your account.
If you and/or your business use a Microsoft Exchange account (local Exchange or Office 365), you will not receive an email that asks for you to verify your account. This includes personal Office 365 accounts. Microsoft does not send emails of this type to its customers.
On October 13th, one of my customers received an email, identifying that the Hotmail accounts were undergoing maintenance and need account verification.
This week’s article will talk about the need for proper protection for both your personal credit information and your personal/business data.
Over the past few years, we have heard about large corporations that have had data breaches where an unknown quantity of hackers have gained possession of the personal credit information for consumers. In the past 30 days, a large credit monitoring company reported over 143 million Americans whose sensitive personal information was exposed in the data breach.
According to the US Census Bureau, as of July 4, 2017, there are approximately 325 million people in the USA. So, this credit breach affected about 44% of the US population.