Keeping you safer as you work online
from the Pacific Premier Cybersecurity team
Fraudsters are sending emails to Facebook users that look like this, with instructions on resetting their Facebook password. The sender's email address is similar to facebook.com. If the user follows instructions in the email, crooks will gain access to the Facebook account and can then send misleading messages to the user's friends and family.
But turning on Facebook’s “two-factor authentication” will prevent fraudsters from accessing the account. With two-factor authentication, Facebook sends a code number to the user’s phone that must be entered before the password can be changed. Since crooks don't have the phone, they can't enter the code and the password is safe.
Here's how to turn on Facebook's two-factor authentication.
> Click the arrow in the upper right corner of your Facebook page.
> Select "Settings".
> Click "Privacy" in the column on the left.
> Click "Check a few important settings".
> Click "How to keep your account secure".
> Follow instructions to turn on two-factor authentication.
Click on the arrow button below
to watch this video about fake emails.
"Vishing" alert: Do you work from home? Beware of “vishers” — hackers who telephone an employee and masquerade as the IT department. The caller claims the employee’s log-in credentials have been stolen. The employee is then sent to a bogus web address that's similar to the employer's real site (for example, “support-company.com”) and is instructed to enter their current username and password. The scammer then steals the login information and uses it to accesses the employer's computer network.
It turns out not all websites that appear to be for political candidates are authentic. The Department of Homeland Security warns fake websites that resemble a candidate’s real site are becoming more common as we approach Election Day. The phony sites are designed to steal a donor's financial information. Pay close attention to the spelling of web addresses or websites that look trustworthy but may be imitations of legitimate election websites.
Cyber bytes: Two cyber breaches are in the news. The photo-sharing website Freepik has been hacked, exposing information about more than eight million users. ... And more than three million members of the antiques marketplace LiveAuctioneers are being instructed to create new passwords after a cyber breach occurred earlier in the summer. ... How to avoid fake product reviews on e-commerce websites like Amazon: BuzzFeed recommends focusing on 3-star and 4-star reviews, which tend to be more accurate than 1- or 5-star reviews. Readers say sorting reviews so the most recent postings appear at the top can also eliminate many fake reviews.
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Pacific Premier Cybersecurity Team
Aware Force Cybersecurity News • September 2020 a • Edition #103
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