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- WIFI, free doesn't mean safe
- Spot Phishing attacks
- What Is Phishing Anyway
- DHS Is Warning, Update Your Windows!
According to the 2017 Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report, 92% of Americans have potentially put their personal information at risk while using public Wi-Fi by logging into a personal email account, social media account, bank account, or work email. 19% of people said they entered their Social Security number or birthday while logged in at a public hotspot.
Many people believe that a restaurant or hotel would not offer free Wi-Fi if it were not safe; however, hacking into a public system is not difficult for criminals. The reason many networks require a password for access to Wi-Fi is to limit the amount of people on the network at one time, not for security reasons.
There were 1.5 million new phishing sites every month, a 65% increase in attacks in the last year.
How do you spot a phishing attack and avoid falling victim yourself? Look for the red flags inside the article. And here is one before you even click anything!
Before clicking on a link in an email, hover over it. The destination URL should pop up. Check out the domain name of this URL. Similar to the sender email address, make sure that this address is legitimate before clicking.
Phishing in the digital world is similar to fishing in the general public’s understanding, and it is very simple: The Phisher casts a bait, and waits to see who will bite. And just like fishing can cost a fish its life, Phishing can very well cost you your lifelong earnings or reputation or sometimes even both.
Just like any other crime, there are countless ways to conduct Phishing. But the most common ways are conducted by email. One that essentially tries to make you trust it, and instructs you to take an action that the attacker is waiting for.
The CISA which is the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning users and administrators of Windows operating systems to update their machines and install the latest patch as soon as possible.
Without the user’s knowledge or interaction, without you clicking on anything, a hacker can send your computer some code that opens doors for them to completely control your machine. They could install programs, create new users with administrative rights, delete or copy your information… you name it!
When someone gains that kind of access into a machine, there is theoretically nothing they cannot do.
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