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Top cyber threats facing consumers: Personal cybersecurity tips

In July 2020, insurance company HSB released findings from a survey about consumer cyber threats. According to the results, 34% of respondents said they had experienced a cyber attack, with the most common incident cited being a malware or virus infection. While the threat landscape is broad, encouraging results from the survey indicated that consumers […]

Tips for young professionals: Maintaining a strong online reputation

Many recruiters now consider personal data posted online when evaluating a candidate for a job. In fact, according to CareerBuilder, 70% of employers will inspect an applicant’s social media profiles before hiring them.  As information you share on the internet becomes increasingly accessible to others, what steps are you taking to manage your online brand? […]

Be careful with email attachments and untrusted links

Malware is commonly spread by users clicking on a malicious email attachment or a link. Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re confident they’re safe, even if they come from a person you know. Be particularly cautious of attachments with sensational names, emails that contain misspellings, or emails that try to entice you […]

Operate under the principle of least privilege

In most instances of malware infection, the malware can operate only using the privileges of the logged-in user. To minimize the impact of a malware infection, consider using a standard or restricted user account (i.e., a non-administrator account) for day-to-day activities. Only log in with an administrator account—which has full operating privileges on the system—when […]

Smart devices need smart security

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to emerge, the stakes are high for ensuring that all apps, devices and wireless networks in your home are secure. From thermostats to doorbells, many in-home appliances can now connect to the internet, meaning that there’s also the risk of them becoming infected by malware or otherwise attacked. […]

Lookout for spoofed hyperlinks and websites

If you hover your cursor over any links in the body of the email, and the links do not match the text that appears when hovering over them, the link may be spoofed. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain […]