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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Since 2003, October has been recognized as Cyber Security Awareness Month, in an effort to raise awareness around the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation. This year do your part and #BeCyberSmart. Utilize resources to build up your understanding of how you can practice good cybersecurity habits and stay informed about modern schemes that cybercriminals are using today. 

Share how you are being cyber smart and help raise awareness by sharing the hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media.

Every individual should understand how they can play a role in protecting their private information and securing their own devices. Keeping yourself protected does not have to cost you millions or even require you to be a technology expert. 
Follow these Cybersecurity basics to do your part in keeping your information private.

  • Make a Long, Unique Passphrase: Longer passphrases can be safer than using complex passwords. A strong passphrase of 12 characters or more is ideal. Consider sentences or phrases instead of single-word passwords.
  • Go Beyond The Password: Utilize 2-factor authentication or multifactor authentication whenever available. Using facial recognition, thumbprint, or one-time codes can help lock out unnecessary guests even if they crack your password.
  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out: Links attached to emails, social media posts, and online advertisements are the easiest way for cybercriminals to obtain your private information. Before clicking any links, do your due diligence to determine if the link is trustworthy. 
  • Clear that Notification: Keeping software up-to-date on devices that are connected to the internet can help reduce your risk of being infected by ransomware and malware. 

Phishing is when a cybercriminal sends a link to be clicked or downloaded in an attempt to steal information or install malicious software on your device. The most common way that these criminals send these links is via email. Other methods can be spear phishing, fake social media accounts, and fake websites. 

Here are some tips to identify malicious phishing attempts.

  • Always hover over all URL links before clicking. This should bring up a preview of where the URL will take you. Allowing you to identify if it is the correct site or not.
  • Consider any email with an URL or file attachment to be considered high risk. Especially if it is from a sender you were not expecting.
  • Read the full email address of the sender. Cybercriminals will often attempt to create fake email addresses that resemble real companies. 

What do you do when you think you found a phishing email/link?

  • If you are in your workplace and believe you are being targeted by a phishing attempt, contact your IT department. They will be able to inspect the email for you.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. If you receive a questionable email that you were not expecting, delete it. 
  • If you receive an email from a sender that resembles a frequent sender, but the email looks suspicious, contact the reliable sender to verify if the email is safe.

Many aspects of our lives have moved digital over the past year, as school, work, and socializing moved from in-person to online. This transition has led to an increased market value in smart home devices, leading to a whole new opportunity for cybercriminals to gain access to your personal information. It is now as important as ever to keep your home secure with healthy cyber security habits.

Follow these easy tips to keep your privacy and devices protected:

  • Smart Devices require Smart Security: When purchasing smart devices for your home, make sure the new devices have strong security settings. Be sure to set up the device's privacy and security settings to limit who you are sharing information with. In addition, be mindful of what information is being stored by the smart device and location services.
  • Cybersecurity in the Workplace: If your company has a well-designed online procedure be sure to follow it. If the company does not have any procedures in place, take it upon yourself to keep yourself protected by utilizing general cybersecurity habits. 
  • Keeping your Privacy in Public: Although it may be tempting to get out of the house to do your work, be careful when connecting devices to external networks. If you are in a cafe, airport, or another public space and do not have a private network connection, keep your work as generic as possible. Try to only do work that does not show sensitive information or require you to log in to a private account. 
  • Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth frequently: When WiFi and Bluetooth are enabled on devices, they can be connected to and track your whereabouts. To keep your locations private, unless you need them, turn your Bluetooth and WiFi off. This quick and easy step can help alleviate tracking concerns and incidents. 

Cybersecurity Tip Sheets

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Cybersecurity Work Tips

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Online Privacy Tip Sheet

Phishing Tip Sheet

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Other Cybersecurity Resources

Wanigas Credit Union takes pride in providing members with updated cybersecurity information that is designed to protect your financial privacy and keep your personal information safe. Visit our Fraud Tips and Security Reminders pages for regular updates regarding methods to keep your personal information protected and to stay informed on current ongoing scams. 

 

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