Being a victim of identity theft can cause anxiety and frustration, but there are corrective and preventive steps you can take. Below are some precautions that can lessen your likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft, as well as some steps you can take if you are the victim of identity theft.
Protecting your online identity and data is a high priority for the University. Connect's Technology Security column focuses on current and emerging issues in IT security.
Recently, there have been several striking security breaches in the news. The hack of the Democratic National Committee and the Equifax breach were the most high-profile, but there were other breaches that exposed the personal information of millions.
Link shortening services can reduce URLs to 10-30 characters. Be mindful of the fact that the link shortening process masks the true destination URL and shortened URLs are often used by scammers to trick users into clicking malicious links. Stay safe by verifying the destination of shortened URLs.
Phone scams are a type of social engineering scam in which someone seek to trick often busy recipients into disclosing sensitive information or providing seemingly harmless responses to questions. This article reviews some of the common phone scams and provides recommendations and best practices.
Email has become the most common avenue for phishing scams, which use social engineering to take advantage of users. Variations of phishing, each with different characteristics, include spear phishing and whaling. Learn how to spot these emails and how you can avoid enabling them to steal your data.
Ransomware tricks users into installing itself on their devices. Ransomware scams most commonly occur via email social engineering scams, a/k/a phishing scams. In ransomware attacks, malware encrypts a user’s files and requests ransom payment to unlock the files and restore encrypted content.
When it comes to passwords for your various online accounts and services, a best practice is to use a unique password for each. After all, if passwords are shared between accounts and one is compromised, it creates a security risk for other accounts with the same password. It can also be very difficult to remember increasing numbers of strong passwords, many of which are required to contain special characters and capitalized letters.
You receive a phone call from your bank or from your IT department, requesting some information so a problem with your account can be cleared up. Only it turns out the call wasn’t from your bank at all. You’ve just experienced social engineering.
Information security discussions are plagued with bad analogies, and none sounds stranger than a “watering hole attack,” which plays off the tactic in which predatory animals stalk food by waiting at a popular watering hole. Rather than hunt their prey, the predator will wait for the prey to come to it.
Checklists are often useful when planning for a trip. They can keep you from finding yourself at the airport counter without your passport or at a hotel with an incompatible cell phone charger. But while travelers are mostly worried about what physically goes into their luggage and carry-ons, most don’t give the proper attention to preparing their electronic devices for travel.