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Worst that can happen?Paul Prudhomme
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Paul Prudhomme answers the question, what’s the worst that can happen if your home Wi-Fi network gets hacked? Click the arrow above to hear his answer.


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Print this guide to keeping your home Wi-Fi network safer. Click the thumbnail above to download the PDF. 

Cybercriminals are stealing home Wi-Fi network passwords in record numbers, gaining access to bank accounts, emails, and employer-related information that lives on home computers. According to ZDNet, a vast network of buyers and sellers of this stolen information, some linked to organized crime and nation-states like Russia, is behind a huge increase in ransomware cases since the pandemic began.


Paul Prudhomme, a cyber expert with IntSights, studied Russian and English-language cybercrime sites on the dark web. Prudhomme's advice about protecting your home network:

> Change the default Wi-Fi network password that came with your internet router

> Keep tabs on your airline frequent flyer and credit card loyalty accounts

> Be suspicious of urgent emails that instruct you to log in or open an attachment.

> Hackers claim to have stolen 40 million customer names, social security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, and other personal information "past, present or potential" customers from T-Mobile. Vice reports the information is now for sale online. Customers should change their passwords and PIN numbers immediately. In large breaches like this one, customers are also advised to monitor their financial accounts and consider freezing their credit files at major credit bureaus.

> Cybercrooks have started offering fake “COVID digital passports” that promise the user will be able to travel anywhere in the world. The cybersecurity company WMC Global says phishing emails offering these passports appear to come from state or local governments. If you receive an email like this, ignore it.


> It turns doing one thing can make it harder for hackers to break into your smartphone. The NSA says simply turning your phone off and back on once each week will interrupt the complicated process some cybercriminals use to get access to a phone’s memory, location data, messages, pictures, and contact list.

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"is it safe to do online banking on my smartphone? I have Face ID installed."

It's safe, but always use the banking app you downloaded from the official Apple or Google app store. Don't connect to your bank using a link in an email. Make your banking password long and don't reuse the password elsewhere. 

"I am inundated with spam. I receive almost 100 useless emails a day. Short of throwing my computer out the window, what can I do? I continually 'unsubscribe' from all these places, only to get more. Please help. This is ridiculous."

According to ProsperityMedia, 300 billion emails are sent every day and roughly half are spam. Don't try to unsubscribe. Instead, report the email as junk. Check the top of the window of your email app for a "Report as Junk" or a"Spam" button. Then delete the spam message.

"How can I reverse a spam/scam if I accidentally open it and somehow the connection has been made to the sending scammer?"

As long as you don't download an attachment or provide a username and password, you should be OK. 

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Aware Force Cybersecurity News • August 2021 b • Edition #126

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