Keeping you safer at work and at home | Mid December 2016
The biggest hack in history.
It's Yahoo, again.
Yahoo has disclosed that, three years ago, criminals got access to a billion user names, passwords and answers to Yahoo security questions.
Even though years have since passed, this is a New Year's reminder: invest some time changing your passwords. Maybe get yourself a password manager for Christmas.
Cyber Safety Websites
Traveling in the coming days? Do not use public wi-fi, particularly at airports. Learn how to use your smartphone as a hotspot, instead. Read more.
A Clinton staffer typed "legitimate" instead of "illegitimate," and it cost the campaign dearly. There's a lesson here: pay attention when you type a web address or you might regret it, too! Read more.
For those who use the video streaming website, Daily Motion: change your password right away, please. Read more here.
The best of 2016:
Take our year-end quiz from the Synovus IT team,
and see how much you've learned.
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Here's a phony email designed to look like it came from Amazon. Can you spot the clues that it's not legit?
Here's how to avoid phishing as you check email and surf: download and print out this poster from Digital Guardian.
Are you getting a new smartphone or tablet as a gift this year?
Use your old device as a security camera and motion detector with a free app called Presence.
Percentage increase this year in email attempts to trick people into handing over their tax information to someone claiming to be the with IRS: 400%
Percentage increase this year in ransomware crimes, where you have to pay to get back computer files back that were stolen: 6,000%.
Percentage of parents who said they would pay ransom to get back family photos: 55%.
IRS, IBM X-force
One last thing...
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