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Cybersecurity news from the

Aware Force Cybersecurity Team

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Cybersecurity news from ReliaShield

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T-Mobile's 8th breach in 4 years; 1/3 of customers affected. Personal info stolen includes birthdays, emails.

Scammers claim Kansas Senator's re-election campaign owes $690k; Manager wires them the cash.

Crooks target PayPal users by entering millions of usernames and passwords to see which ones work.

Norton Lifelock says hackers broke into thousands of accounts using stolen usernames and passwords.

Ransomware attack against KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut in UK; Restaurants unable to operate.

FanDuel Sportsbook Bettors Exposed in Mailchimp Breach; Users should enable 2FA

Sometimes it can feel like all this cybercrime news is overwhelming. But being safe online takes education and awareness.

Mastering "Cyber 101" will reduce your chances of being taken by cyber crooks. Learn even more from the PDF below. 

> Your electronics:

Take the time to update the software whenever it’s suggested.

Set your smartphone to require a face or fingerprint ID to unlock.

Cancel accounts and then delete apps you don’t use.

 

 

> Your social media accounts:

Avoid posting about your job, travel plans, or details about your personal history.

Ignore friend requests if you don’t know the person.

Review and understand the privacy settings on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other platforms.

Turn off location tracking on your posts, photos, and comments.  

 

 

> Your passwords:

Consider subscribing to a password manager app.

Otherwise, use long phrases as passwords, a different one for every account.

Use two-factor authentication wherever it’s offered, particularly bank and government accounts.

For more ways to stay safe, click on the image below

to download and print the PDF. 

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Resources: TechCrunch, TheStreet, CNET, The Verge, CNN, NYTimes, DarkReading

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Be wary of any email instructing you to click a link to open a DocuSign document. Check Point says users who click the "View Completed Document" button are at risk of having their computer attacked with malware. The new technique behind this attack is so effective that it bypasses many existing antivirus scanners.

323 million people used an online dating app last year, and the price many of them pays is about to rise. Match Group, known for Tinder, match.com, and OkCupid, is raising the monthly fee for its most expensive app, Hinge, by about 50% to $720 a year.

Sharing your Netflix password with family members and friends? Remember, Netflix will begin its long-promised crackdown next month. PCMag says account holders can watch on their TVs, tablets, and smartphones, but anyone with a different IP address will be kicked off. Preparing for protests, Netflix launched a lower-priced $6.99 monthly version that includes commercials.

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"I store photos of all personal documents on my phone, and although my phone is protected with my fingerprint, couldn't someone bypass that by using “emergency mode,” gain access, and see those pictures of all the documents?"

 

Set up biometrics like face ID to log in to your phone — it’s more secure than a password. Learn how to enable the device's 'Find My Phone' technology. Consider taping a note on the back of your phone with your email address or a work number so a good samaritan can return it. Back up your phone's contents to the cloud on a schedule or whenever you plug it into your computer. And keep your phone on your person when you're out and about.

 

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"I have been getting text messages from unidentified numbers that say, 'thank you for paying your Verizon bill on time,' and offering me a gift. Money has not left my account, and I have been deleting the texts. Is there anything else I should do?"

 

This is one of the most common text scams right now because, too often, it works. The “gift” is a ploy to get you to hand over your account number and password. Delete the message.

 

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"How can I delete or dispose of my information on the dark web? Is this even possible?"

 

Unfortunately, you can’t. Some personal information about virtually everyone is available for sale there. Staying safe goes back to the basics of cyber safety. Freeze your credit at all three major bureaus. Use long and different passwords for every account. Use two-factor authentication everywhere it’s offered to verify it’s you who is trying to log in. Limit the personal information you post about yourself on social media. Every month, check your bank statement and credit card bills for accuracy. And set up text notifications so you’re notified whenever a purchase is made.

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