from the Aware Force Cybersecurity Team
Keeping you safer as you work online

As computing power increases and cyber threats multiply,

we'll see big changes...some very soon, others down the road.

> Over a million gift and payment cards from Airbnb, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and others are for sale on the dark web for 5 cents on the dollar, says cybersecurity firm Gemini Advisory. Remember: gift cards should be managed as carefully as cash

> Capital One has learned that crooks got customers' social security numbers from a massive data breach two years ago. Consumers should notify both the IRS and Social Security Administration if they discover their social security number has been compromised. 

> In the coming days, iPhone users will get the option to stop sharing personal information and their web browsing habits with Facebook, Google, and thousands of apps. But the Wall Street Journal says Procter and Gamble is already testing new technology that will allow it to bypass the new option.  

> Just don't do it! 15% of us use our pets' names as passwords. 14% use the name of a family member. 6% use favorite sports teams. ZDNet says fraudsters scanning social media posts can easily guess passwords like those to steal money and personal information. 

I often get emails that look fake or do not look trustworthy. I usually delete without opening the email but sometimes I open to check to see if it is a valid sender. Can my account get hacked by just opening a fake email or only if I follow a link?

You should be OK just viewing a suspicious email, as long as you don’t click on a link or download an attachment. But it's wise to install and subscribe to a reputable anti-virus application like McAfee, Malwarebytes, Norton, or Avast in case something gets through.

If you never use public Wi-Fi, is it still a good idea to use VPN? 

You never use public Wi-Fi, Margaret? Smart! A VPN prevents anyone from tracking what you do on the internet or seeing where your computer is located. So, you get better privacy when using a VPN. On the other hand, a VPN may slow down your internet connection, particularly when talking on Zoom or other videoconference platforms.

Have a cybersecurity question? Let us know!

The Aware Force Cybersecurity Team is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe online. If you think you've clicked on a phishing email, an urgent text message, or received a suspicious voice mail, alert your supervisor right away so we can check it out. 

Aware Force Cybersecurity News • April 2021 b • Edition #118

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