Security Hints + Tips

Don’t Be Fooled by Workspace Tools Many organizations use platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Google Drive, or Zoom to stay connected. Unfortunately, these trusted communication tools can lead to a false sense of security. Just like with traditional email, bad guys can use these platforms to launch a cyber attack. Below are three examples of how cybercriminals use these platforms for phishing—and what you can do to keep your organization safe Lurking Recently, a cybercriminal gained access to an organization’s Microsoft Teams channel, which is similar to a group message or a chat room. The scammer lurked in the channel…

Tech Tip: How to Prevent “Zoom-Bombing”

Zoom-bombing is the term for when individuals “gate-crash” Zoom meetings. These uninvited guests share their screens to bombard real attendees with disturbing pornographic and/or violent imagery. Most of these are perpetrated via publicly available Zoom links; however, not all depending on your settings. Here are ways to protect you and your guests from falling victim. Read more about what you can do to protect yourself here: https://security.berkeley.edu/resources/cybersecurity-and-covid-19/settings-preventing-zoom-bombing Tips courtesy of Zoom and UC Berkeley

The holiday season is upon us for family, friends, and … phishing?

This festive time of year is when many cyber thieves try to trick you with holiday-themed email scams.  These phishing scams are professional-looking emails that attempt to steal your personal information (such as login password, bank account, or credit card).  The emails generally look authentic and appear to come from a valid organization (like WVNET or your bank).  They may even include a “helpful” link to a website for your convenience. Some phishing examples from previous holiday seasons include: From “Amazon”: Enter your username and password to receive a “free” $100 Amazon gift card. Unfortunately, the webpage captures your login credentials and installs harmful software…

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