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Too good to be hacked
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Too good to be hacked


A lot of people think: ďI donít need security programs because I donít access unsafe locations.Ē The problem is that even legitimate websites can become compromised. Not only that, but there are plenty of attacks that happen without user action (such as clicking on something or downloading data). These are called drive-by attacks. Donít ever think you are too good to get hacked. To be safe online is quite similar to driving a car. You may have common sense and pay attention to potential danger, but can you always predict what others around you will do?


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Gone phishing
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Gone phishing


Phishing is used by cybercriminals to capture personal or financial information from the unsuspecting public. A phishing email usually asks you to take immediate action, often by clicking on a link or attachment. The best practice is not to trust the links and delete the email. An example is an email claiming to be from your bank, asking you to click a link and sign in to confirm your account details or fix a problem with your account.  Instead of visiting the bankís website, the link actually takes you to a fake site that collects your personal information. For more information on how to detect fraud and a current list of frauds and scams, visit our Frauds and Scams page.


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Ransomware 101
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Ransomware 101

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts all your data and either blocks your access to files or locks you out of your operating system all together. Then you get a pop-up image or message demanding you pay a ransom within a certain amount of time to gain access to your data again.  The payment is often requested in Bitcoin because it cannot be tracked.

To protect yourself against ransomware, follow these tips:

  • Back up your data regularly.
  • Donít keep vital information only on your computer.
  • Never download or open attachments in emails from unknown senders.
  • Donít click links in emails from unknown senders.
  • Keep your operating system, software and apps up to date at all times.
  • Use a reliable antivirus.

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Recognize when youíre being played
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Recognize when youíre being played


Itís okay to be (a little) paranoid. Being aware of whatís going on, online and offline, can help keep you from being compromised.


Here are a few simple rules to live by online: 


  • Donít give your money or personal information to strangers on the Internet.
  • If it looks fishy, stay away.
  • If someone asks for your confidential information, donít give it to them.
  • A healthy dose of skepticism is a good thing.


Social engineering is using deception and manipulation to get you to give up confidential or personal information, usually passwords, banking information or access to your computer.  The information may be used to commit fraud or to access your computer and install harmful software.

 

How it can happen:

An email from a friend with an attachment that you just have to check out!  Because it comes from a friend, youíre less likely to be skeptical and more likely to download the attachment that may have malicious software included!

 

An email from your bank saying there is an urgent problem with your account, with a link to log in.  

 

A contractor your company works with asks for private company information that grants access into your system.

 

Protect yourself, and your company, by slowing down.  Think first, and then act.  Scammers try to get you worked up so youíll act before having time to think about what youíre doing.  Delete any emails that ask for personal or financial information, logins or passwords, and donít download attachments youíre not expecting.


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Only use your own devices
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Only use your own devices


How badly do you need to update your Facebook status? You can never know if someone elseís computer is infected with malware, has a key logger (tracks and stores everything you type on the keyboard) or is simply unsafe. Stick to your own devices as much as possible.


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Cleaning out your closet
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Cleaning out your closet

Here is a tip that applies to both your wardrobe and your apps: if you havenít used them if the past six months, it should go. Clean out old apps to get rid of vulnerabilities that cyber criminals can exploit. Decluttering feels good!


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Protect what matters
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Protect what matters

Prioritize your most sensitive accounts (especially accounts that have your banking or credit card information or sensitive personal information, like your date of birth, address or social insurance number).  Secure them with strong passwords and two-factor authentication if you can. Make it difficult as possible for anyone other than yourself to access them.

For sites that ask you to set up security questions, always make up your own question if you have the option.  Avoid questions that can be easily answered by visiting your social media profiles (donít use your motherís maiden name or the name of your high school, for example). 

And before you dispose of or sell an old computer or mobile device, make sure to completely wipe its hard drive.  Remove all files, personal photos and any information stored on them.



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You still need antivirus
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You still need antivirus


Get protection for your connection! Do a bit of research and choose an antivirus you trust. Antivirus is still very necessary, so donít skip it.  To further protect yourself, make sure your computerís firewall is turned on, and turn off file sharing to keep information on your computer safe.


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Should you plug that in?
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Should you plug that in?


Be careful what you plug into your computer. Never use a USB if you donít know where it came from or what might be on it! It can be infected with malware that can even resist formatting. Donít let curiosity get the best of you.

 

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Only open what you know
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Only open what you know


Don't open links, attachments or text messages from unknown sources. Delete and report suspicious emails and messages.  Spam (and violations that go along with it, such as phishing, malware, deceptive marketing, etc.) should be reported through the Spam Reporting Centre.


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