Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Protect yourself: Every internet user should know these basic online privacy tips

Do you know the basics to stay safe online? Follow these tips to help guard your personal information.



BUILD STRONG PASSWORDS


"pAssword1!" won't cut it anymore. MIT recommends starting with a phrase and then changing some characters of that phrase to punctation, and/or misspellings. You can also remove vowels and change capitalizations to add security. So for example, "World's Best Password" could be turned into be "w5rLd'S b$st p%%ward."


Another good way to build a strong password is to think of a phrase you can remember and use the first letters of that phrase, interspersing non-letters. For example, "I love you to the moon and back" could become "ilY4tT%mab."

Remember, don't use the same password for multiple sites, and keep in mind that longer passwords are harder to crack.


LOCK YOUR DEVICES

If you have passcode, Touch ID or Face ID on your phone or mobile device, enabling these features will make it much more difficult for thieves to steal your information, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance.

CHECK THAT APP

Before you download, check to see what information the app collects from your device. If it's something you're not comfortable sharing, don't download it.

Also, remember that if you're no longer using an app, it's not worth keeping it and allowing your data to potentially be collected. 

WIFI CAN BE WILY

Ever get a notification about a store you were just walking through? If you don't want businesses keeping tabs on your movements, simply set the WiFi function to "off" when you're not using it. If you do choose to use public WiFi hotspots, don't enter important login information, as the low security on these networks makes it easier for others to see what you're doing.

UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE

Any time a device asks if you would like to update, do so. These updates help guard against the newest cyber threats that old software/browsers/etc. might not be programmed to guard against.

DON'T OVERSHARE

Be careful what personal information you share on social media and other sites. Information such as addresses and locations can be easily shared, even if it's only initially given out on private networks. Once it's out there, it's almost impossible to take back.

KNOW YOUR SETTINGS

Do you know what your Facebook profile looks like to the public? There are ways to check your settings on nearly every site you use.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

RESIST PHISHING ATTACKS WITH THREE GOLDEN RULES



LIKE ANY CLASSIC hustle, phishing has staying power. The fake emails and texts that lure you into a digital con—Free cruise! Act now!—may not comprise a very technical hack, but the attackers behind them still put a lot of resources and expertise into giving their cons as much authenticity as possible.


That’s what makes it so difficult to protect yourself against phishing. You know not to click links in shady emails. You know to think twice before clicking any link in any email. (Right?) The same goes for downloading attachments and putting your personal information or login credentials into any form that you have any reason not to trust. And yet! Phishers can just needle you forever, waiting for that one moment when you finally slip up. If you do, you instantly subject yourself to any number of unfortunate consequences, whether it's identity theft, fraud, or malware that runs rampant on your device.

Follow these three rules to keep from getting hooked.

Rule 1: Use Context Clues

The best way to spot a phishing scheme is to listen to your gut. Remember, even if an email looks like it comes from a friend, that doesn't mean it's safe. If you weren’t expecting an email from someone, or if you were but the email seems rushed, or their tone is off, or they’re sending you a Facebook message when they usually text you ... If anything seems even a little bit off, check with the purported sender on another platform to confirm that they actually reached out.

If a message comes from a person or entity you don’t already know, consider the context of why you might be receiving it and whether the message really makes sense. Most online services won’t, for instance, appear out of the blue, asking you to make account changes through an email link. And even if they do, you should always navigate to the site separately, log in, and check to see what’s actually going on. Treat attachments with even more suspicion and avoid opening them altogether, particularly if you didn’t ask for them or didn’t have a pre-arranged plan to receive them.

Rule 2: Remember the Basics
Following standard digital defense advice will help with phishing as well. Keep a backup of your data. Enable multifactor authentication on every account that offers it. Close accounts you don’t use anymore. And set up a password manager to keep track of unique, robust passwords. All of these steps make you a tougher target, but more importantly, they'll help contain damage if you ever do get phished.

Rule 3: Know Thyself
At its core, phishing defense requires an awareness of the human traits scams prey on. “The thing I find fascinating about phishing is it’s really exploiting a very primal part of human behavior,” says Crane Hassold, a threat intelligence manager at the security firm PhishLabs, who previously worked as a digital behavior analyst for the FBI. “It’s all about curiosity, trust, and fear. Those qualities are really hardwired into humans, so a lot of protection against phishing has to do with conditioning yourself to look out for things that could be a red flag.”

This means being in touch with your instincts and emotions as you read your messages. That sense of urgency, or that threat from an authority figure, or that random ask for help, all conspire to force you to click. You need to recognize those emotions before acting on them and consider the possibility that a message has nefarious reasons for trying to elicit them. It’s time to really internalize a hard truth: No one is ever going to give you free cruise tickets. Truly never.


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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Become mistake free with Grammarly

What is Grammarly?




Grammarly’s AI-powered products help people communicate more effectively. Millions of users rely on Grammarly every day to make their messages, documents, and social media posts clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Grammarly is an Inc. 500 company with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Kyiv.

As you type, Grammarly checks your text for hundreds of common and advanced writing issues. The checks include common grammatical errors, such as subject-verb agreement, article use, and modifier placement, in addition to contextual spelling mistakes, phonetic spelling mistakes, and irregular verb conjugations. Grammarly also provides synonym suggestions to make your writing more readable and precise. With Grammarly, you can write online with confidence.

How to install Grammarly.


Click the link below and hit add to Chrome. 


https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/grammarly-for-chrome/kbfnbcaeplbcioakkpcpgfkobkghlhen?hl=en-US

Credit to grammarly.com