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Common alternatives to SMS for multi-factor authentication

If you use multi-factor authentication, and you should, it’s best to rely on codes sent to other devices or applications such as Duo or Google Authenticator instead of SMS texts. That’s because SIM hacking is on the rise. This practice entails a cyberattacker tricking a customer service representative into reassigning a phone number to a […]

Manually download HTML images in email

Most email services/client default to downloading HTML images in the body of the email. This content can be important for understanding what an email says. However, it can also be risky, as cyberattackers can embed malicious code in it. You might consider disabling these image downloads by default and then manually downloading them on a […]

Update your web browser as soon as possible (or, even better, automatically)

Web browsers are essential tools on mobile and desktop devices. As such, they are magnets for cyberattackers looking to exploit flaws in their architectures, plugins, extensions and more. For this reason, it’s advisable to update them as soon as possible by either checking an app store (on mobile) or finding the right button in their […]

Always double-check email attachments

Email attachments can be dangerous. They might contain malware that triggers an infection when downloaded. Even if you receive an attachment from someone you know, think about it before opening it and, if you’re unsure if it’s legitimate, follow up with that person separately. Cyberattackers have become adept at spoofing return addresses to make it […]