Cyber Security Tips
Cyber Security: Stay Informed and Alert
In this era of rapid change, evolving voice and data technologies are bringing the world within reach for more and more people. In return, people are becoming more and more visible to the world. Everyone from product-sellers to political campaigns to hackers are using the new technologies to understand and persuade their target audiences.
When it comes to hackers, technological advances in cyber-security are important. Even so, experts say scammers are a lot less likely to take advantage of technical glitches than human ones. Most of the time, people are easier to fool than devices.
“Spoofing” used to refer mostly to fake email solicitations designed to get people to send money, like the Nigerian banker scam. These days, the bad guys use a variety of digital networks to target their victims. These can include:
Staying informed and alert is increasingly important. Experts advise people to use the same caution in online interactions that they would interacting with strangers on a crowded street in a strange city.
Here are some questions that may raise red flags when a voice or data message tells you to take action.
It’s important to follow up on any doubts these questions raise.
You can help protect others by reporting suspect calls, emails, and other contacts to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) at www.us-cert.gov. That site also offers ongoing updates and advice on cyber-security