Over these past few weeks of this year's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) we have mentioned several times how one of the most important aspects of being cyber secure is being aware of potential dangers. So, it is high time that we discuss how you can go about identifying dangers and keeping yourself up to date with the latest cyber security knowledge.
One of the first things you should know is how to protect yourself from is phishing scams. We have an entire blog post dedicated to this subject here, but the short version is that phishing scams are when a malicious website or email tries to trick you into thinking it is legitimate and allowing it to steal your data or infect your devices. The most important things to know from this is to always scrutinize any emails that ask for your data, to follow a link, or download a file. You should always check the sender’s address to see if it is actually from who it is claiming to be. Additionally, you should find the phone number of the person or organization the email claims to be sent from and call them personally to verify the validity of the email, if the email provides you with a phone number you should verify it with research such as comparing it to the phone number on a known legitimate site before trusting it.