Security awareness is about bringing attention to the importance of good security behaviors and habits, and shining a light on the resources you need to be safer and more secure both online and off.  We want to help you learn how to reduce your cybersecurity risks and protect yourself from information security leaks, identity theft, scams and other forms of fraud. Please use the resources we provide to improve your own security habits, and share them with your friends and family throughout the year to encourage strong cybersecurity habits.

  • Scammers are Increasingly Targeting Job Seekers
    Layoffs are on the rise, as companies like Meta, Amazon, Tesla, and Coinbase have announced big job cuts. As more people are on the hunt for jobs, scammers are targeting job seekers. Workers in the United States have lost over 300 million dollars to fake job scams in the past year, according to the Federal Trade Commission, and the number of people scammed has nearly tripled in the last couple of years. There are a few common scams targeting job seekers. Here is what you should watch out for. Be […]
  • Over 200 million Twitter users’ email addresses leaked
    The usernames and email addresses for more than 200 million Twitter users have been posted on the dark web by hackers. Hackers have recently posted the usernames and email addresses of these users on the dark web, compiled from previous breaches dating back to 2021. While the database doesn’t include passwords, it’s still considered a major security threat for those affected. Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock, warns that this leak will likely lead to a surge in hacking, targeted phishing, and doxxing. Because there may be […]
  • Your Company is Watching You, But Not For the Reason You Think
    If you work on a company computer, they’re probably watching you… But it’s probably not for the reason you think. When the pandemic hit, and nearly everyone had to work from home, there were plenty of stories about companies monitoring employees to make sure they were being productive while working from home. More recently, however, studies have found that employees who know they are being monitored for productivity are actually more likely to break the rules. As more companies get comfortable with employees working from home – and measuring them based […]
  • Security Tips to Secure Your Cell Phone from Hackers
    Most people can’t live without their cellphone. So much of their lives are on their phones, from the names and contact information of their coworkers, friends, and relatives, to personal text messages and photos. It’s no wonder you wouldn’t want this information falling into the wrong hands. Here are a few things you can do to keep your cell phone secure and how to secure your phone from hackers. Wifi A lot of people connect to WiFi to save data, but often, public WiFi networks – that are open for […]
  • Ransomware: One Year Since Colonial Pipeline
    This week marks the one year anniversary since the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. It was among the first ransomware attacks that gained such broad attention because of its impact – soaring gas prices and headline news. In the Year Since Ransomware has only increased and become more prevalent: Ransomware is now part of 10% of all breaches, doubling in frequency in 2021 (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report) 80% of companies said they were attacked with of some form of ransomware in 2021 (Global State of Industrial Cybersecurity) The FBI reported […]
  • World Password Day
    May 5, 2022, is World Password Day! Computer chip maker Intel first created World Password Day — the first Thursday of May — to address the critical need for strong and secure passwords.   Improve your Password Security Learn more about how you can improve your password security, as well as some common password mistakes – including sharing your passwords with others, writing them down, and reusing passwords. Check your Passwords Take time to check to see if your password has been part of a breach, by visiting https://haveibeenpwned.com. Use […]
  • How to Spot Tax Scams
    Tax season can be stressful, complicated, and confusing. With all the confusion around it, scammers love to take advantage of tax season. Scammers Love Tax Scams There are a lot of scams, but few are as effective as tax scams. Scammers know that people will do just about anything to avoid getting in trouble with the IRS – including returning a threatening phone message or sending them money or gift cards. With most tax scams, criminals are looking for personal information, money, or both. Here are some common tax related […]
  • FBI Warns of QR Code Phishing
    Quick response codes, also called QR codes, have exploded in popularity during the pandemic. Many restaurants and shops started using the contactless tool to let people look at menus and other – normal printed materials – on their phones. The FBI recently issued a warning that cybercriminals are using QR codes to redirect unsuspecting users to malicious sites that can steal their information.   QR Codes Exploded During the Pandemic The square bar codes have popped up on table tents at many local restaurants to let users view their menus […]