In recognition of the need for cyber security awareness, this month we will focus on cyber security and how it affects you.
Cyber attacks are on the rise. You have probably noticed the increase in junk and spam emails. You can delete all of the email in your SPAM / JUNK folder, unless you recognize who sent it.
The top 3 ways that malicious code from scammers enters your computer:
- 1. Attachments in e-mails
- 2. Links in e-mails
- 3. Your human curiosity to click on the attachment or link in the e-mail
As you can see, the common denominator is e-mail! The scammers want you to click so they can steal your logon credentials, personal identity or money. Cyber crime is scary stuff, especially if you do not recognize it.
How can you keep yourself safe?
#1 - Be aware of ‘phishing e-mails’ that look like they were sent by trusted companies like Norton, McAfee, PayPal, Amazon, or your bank.
#2 - Do not click on attachments or links in e-mails, especially if the message tries to scare you about large purchases or promises refunds for merchandise you did not purchase.
#3 - Keep your Windows and 3rd party software up to date.
#4 - Keep your anti-malware software active to block known virus, malware, and ransomware.
I recommend Emsisoft anti-malware.
#5 - Use multi-factor authentication as a second level security for logging into websites. You use the validation code sent in a text to your cell phone to log in.
#6 - Use strong, unique passwords for each web site you log into.
#7 - Add an ad blocking extension to your browsers.
I recommend Malwarebytes Browser Guard.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself online is to NOT CLICK on ATTACHMENTS or LINKS in e-mails. When in doubt, you can forward the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
I am committed to protect your computers at an affordable price. Thank you for trusting me to keep your computers healthy. Contact us at 239-567-0104 when it is time to renew your protection software, or if you need computer and internet help. Be well.
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By Linda Lindquist, October 3, 2022