KnowBe4 Tip: Stop Reusing Old Passwords
If you’re using the same password for multiple accounts, you’re making yourself vulnerable! If the bad guys have your credentials for one site, they can use tools to automatically test those credentials on other sites. So, if you are using the same password for multiple accounts, change that password immediately!
Here are some tips for creating new passwords:
- Create complex passwords that are at least eight characters with a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Use passphrases as a password such as a phrase or a sentence. Make sure it is unique but make it something you can remember.
- Use a password generator, such as LastPass and 1Password to generate your passwords for you.
- Don’t use variations of your old passwords.
Remember, these attacks are only successful if we fall for them. Stay alert and be cautious!
How to Protect Yourself from Phishing Attacks
Note: teachers and staff are strongly urged to stay off of shopping sites and social networks while using District supplied laptops or desktops (this is especially true when using devices outside of the District). These types of sites promote computer viruses, along with types of malware, spyware,and ransomeware that could negatively impact your computer and jeopardize your data.
The tax and vacation seasons are a prime time for phishing attacks. Scammers will attempt to gain access to your personal information, eg., credit/debit card information, bank account information, your social security number, etc., by posing as legitimate companies or sites, emails, or even telephone contacts. Scammers can even hold your data hostage, i.e., “ransomeware”; in this case, the user’s data is encrypted and held hostage. In order to decrypt the data, a ransome is demanded by the scammers.
The attached post lists nine tips from Kapersky Labs, a leading anti-virus company, to protect yourself from phishing attacks.
Symantec Corp., manufacturer of Norton Antivirus, has a lot of useful information concerning cyber security, virus protection, and child internet safety on their Internet Security website.
Microsoft also has a very good tutorial and FAQ on ransomeware.
Google has found a way to keep their employees from getting phished. Check out:
How to Avoid Being Scammed
To avoid being scammed or — perhaps, worse — having your phone number added to additional robocall lists, follow these tips from the BBB:
- Do not answer calls from numbers you do not recognize (duh).
- If you do answer and are asked questions that seem to be fishing for a “yes” or “no” answer, do not respond and hang up immediately.
- Never give out any personal information over the phone when you are unsure of the caller (also obvious but worth repeating).
- Make a note of the number and report it to BBB Scam Tracker to help warn others.
- As always, check your bank and credit card statements regularly for unauthorized charges.
You can also report suspicious or unwanted calls to the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry and register your home and mobile numbers for free to avoid or at least lessen the frequency with which you receive unsolicited calls.