Security Awareness, Information and Resources
OUCH! | : Staying Secure on the Road
In this newsletter, we will cover how you can securely connect to the Internet and get things done while traveling. While your network at home or at work may be secure, you should always assume that any network you connect to when you travel is untrustworthy. You never know who else is on it and what threats they may pose. Some simple pre-travel measures can go a long way towards protecting your data while you travel.
OUCH! |: What Is Anti-Virus?
Anti-virus is a security program you install on your computer or mobile device to protect it from getting infected by malware. The term “malware” is a catch-all phrase for any type of malicious software, such as viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware. In fact, the term malware comes from combining the words malicious and software. If your computer has become infected by malware, a cyber attacker can capture all of your keystrokes, steal your documents or use your computer to attack others. Contrary to what some people believe, any operating system, including Mac OS X and Linux, can be infected.
OUCH! | Social Engineering
A common misconception people have about cyber attackers is that they only use advanced hacking tools and technology to break into people’s computers, accounts and mobile devices. This is simply not true. Cyber attackers have learned that one of the easiest ways to steal your information or hack your computer is by simply talking to and misleading you. In this newsletter, we will learn how these types of human attacks (called social engineering attacks) work and what you can do to protect yourself.
OUCH! | : Five Steps to Staying Secure
As technology gains a more important role in our lives, it also grows in complexity. Given how quickly technology changes, keeping up with security advice can be confusing. It seems like there is always new guidance on what you should or should not be doing. However, while the details of how to stay secure may change over time, there are fundamental things you can always do to help protect yourself. Regardless of what technology you are using or where you are using it, we recommend the following five key steps.
OUCH! | Email Do' and Don'ts
Email has become one of the primary ways we communicate in our personal and professional lives. However, we can often be our own worst enemy when using it. In this newsletter, we will explain the most common mistakes people make and how you can avoid them in your day-to-day lives.