1) Practice Safe Clicking
Always be careful when clicking on attachments, images or links in email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to. Hackers and scammers will often purchase misspelled domain names and use them to create copies of the real website, but will instead steal your data when you input your username and password. A good example of this would be an e-mail from Wells Fargo.
Take these two e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and security@weIIsfargo.com
Notice anything strange? You may not until it’s too late. The second e-mail address uses uppercase i’s in place of the lowercase L’s. If you’re concerned about the security of a link copy the link directly from the e-mail and input it onto this site: https://www.urlvoid.com/. It will let you know a brief security overview of the site and it’s reputation.
2) Physical Cyber Safety
Be careful of what you plug into your computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smartphones. If you have a computer virus at home, it is best to have the virus removed completely before attempting to migrate any data to the office.
3) Share Less Sensitive Information
Be mindful of what you share on social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to a shocking amount of information—where you go to school, where you work, your pets name, when you’re on vacation—that could help them access your accounts by use of security questions.
4) It’s Ok To Say No
Offline, be aware of social engineering hacks, where someone attempts to gain information from you through manipulation. If someone calls or emails you asking for sensitive information, it’s okay to say no. You can always call the company directly to verify credentials before giving out any information.