TechCybersecurity Awareness: Staring Down 'Social Engineering' by Hackers

Cybersecurity Awareness: Staring Down ‘Social Engineering’ by Hackers

-

- Advertisment -sslate

In a digital world, employers often require some form of cybersecurity training. A local government official in Wisconsin is encouraging people not to let the helpful tips fade from their memories.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and federal officials say nearly 50% of American adults have had their personal information exposed by cyber criminals. But Tim Lemmers, information-technology manager for the Milwaukee suburb of Greenfield, said a lot of the threats that reach individuals don’t come from system hacks, but rather from social engineering.

“People who are trying to hack your environments, they’re getting your information, they’re looking up you, looking up the street you lived on, your first pet’s name,” he said. “And they’re trying to use that kind of information to target you specifically, to get you to click on a thing – where they can steal your information and then pose as you.”

Cybersecurity Awareness

He said a key prevention tool is paying close attention to your emails, to spot someone sending a message that looks official but contains a harmful link. Grammatical errors in messages are red flags. And by placing the computer mouse over the link without clicking on it, you can see where the message actually is coming from.

Lemmers said all it takes is one bad click to send an IT department scrambling. He noted that everyone has some personal information somewhere on the internet, and it’s impossible to scrub it all. Another important shield is password maintenance.

“Make sure you change them regularly,” he said. “And by regularly, depending on how important the website is – you know, if it’s your Netflix account, maybe every six months, maybe once a year. If it’s your banking information, maybe change that a little more often.”

If you’re going to use words, he said long phrases of interconnected words can make a difference. A mix of upper-case and lower-case letters, along with special characters, can also make passwords stronger. Federal data also show that 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked each day.

Sunshine Slate
Sunshine Slatehttps://www.sunshineslate.com
Sunshine Slate is your news, entertainment, music fashion website. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the United States of America.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

PERLIE’s Comfort Men’s Shoes Are Taking America By Storm

PERLIE’s unique and patented technology combining sneaker comfort with the looks and quality of luxury men’s shoes, has taken America by storm

Small businesses show their community spirit with support and solidarity in challenging times

New research shows the incredible camaraderie and resilience that exists among small business owners in the face of ongoing challenges.

Florida Nonprofit Helps Offset High Cost of Insulin

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to a disease affecting more than 37 million Americans,

Can Wheel Spacers Cause Vibration at High Speed

Wheel spacers are important for your vehicles. This article shows us whether wheel spacers cause vibration.
- Advertisement -

5 New Shows Expected to Bring a Lot of Entertainment  

Without any further delay, here are some exciting shows you can plan on watching

Best Apps for your New Mobile Phone

We can install any app from the google play store very quickly. Let’s take a look at some most amazing apps for android mobile phones.
edealo.com
- Advertisement - Motel 6
transformerscon

Must read

Best Apps for your New Mobile Phone

We can install any app from the google play store very quickly. Let’s take a look at some most amazing apps for android mobile phones.

Uncertainty Hovers on Clean Water Act’s 50th Anniversary

The Clean Water Act turns 50 this week, but parts of it are being challenged in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -sslate

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you