Weekly Security Tip | 02/15/18

This week's topic: SMishing Scam Awareness

You've undoubtedly heard of phishing scams before or even experienced them first hand, but what is SMishing? SMishing, is essentially a phishing scam sent through a text message. These scams are becoming a lot more common so it is very important that you know how to spot them.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn more about these scams and how you can avoid becoming the next victim.

 

Watch this week's Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 SMishing Scam Awareness
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/88?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

SMishing refers to a phishing attempt carried out via a text message (also known as an SMS message).  
SMS + Phishing = SMishing!

When in doubt, contact the company who is sending you the text message directly to verify its validity.

Weekly Security Tip | 02/08/18

This week's topic: BEC & EAC Scams

BEC (Business Email Compromise) and EAC (Email Account Compromise) scams are becoming a major threat to businesses large and small. In these scams, cybercriminals use social engineering techniques to manipulate employees to provide them with the requested information for fraudulent purposes.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn more about these scams and how you can avoid becoming the next victim.

Watch this week's Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 BEC & EAC Scams
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/87?brand_key=dl73v&ID=26796

Quick Tips

Be suspicious of requests for secrecy or pressure to act quickly.

Be careful what you post to social media and company websites.

Weekly Security Tip | 02/01/18

This week's topic: Computer Cleaning Tips

Computer running slow? It may be time for some early spring cleaning and your computers at work and home can be a great place to start.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn some tips that you can take to clean up your computers and boost performance.

Watch the 2 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Computer Cleaning Tips
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/86?brand_key=dl73v&ID=26796

Quick Tips

Running utilities like "Disk Cleanup" and "Disk Utility" can help clear away unneeded files.

Organizing your files can help keep important material in it's proper place. 

Q1 2018 Data Security Training

This quarter's training is in process.  Please look for and know that this format of message and link is safe and secure.    

Advisor Armor        

Hello

Note: This email is authentic and part of Advisor Armor's ongoing data security training.  Please do not disregard.

It’s time to start your interactive Security Awareness Training from Advisor Armor!

To begin your training, follow this link: https://securityiq.infosecinstitute.com/Learn/V9DqCn

Note that NO username and password are required. The course you are taking is called “Advisor Armor Q1 2018 Data Security Training - Working Remotely and Safe Web Browsing for Financial Institutions” and includes 2 interactive training modules.

You have 45 days to complete your training and you will be reminded to complete it every few days. For the best possible experience, you should plan on taking your training at a computer with audio, but closed captions are also provided if audio is not an option.

Thank you!

 

Weekly Security Tip | 01/18/18

This week's topic: Social Engineering Attacks

Social engineering attacks can be one of the hardest scams to prevent. These attacks involve the scammer playing the role of an individual who is looking to assist you but in reality they ask targeted questions to gain access to your organization's network.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn about what social engineering is and the skills you can put in place to protect yourself and your company's network.

 

Watch the 2 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Social Engineering Attacks
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/85?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

Be suspicious when you receive an unsolicited phone call, email or office visitor requesting information. 

Weekly Security Tip | 1/11/18

This week's topic: The Oldest Internet Scam

Advanced Fee Fraud is a classic con that you've most likely heard about or seen first hand. This is a scam where big prizes or payments are promised to you while fees or personal information are taken in return.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn more about these classic scams and how to spot them to avoid becoming the next victim.

 

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 The Oldest Internet Scam
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/84?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

Be wary of promises of big money payoffs and appeals for financial help. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.

Never send money or give personal information to strangers over the internet.

Weekly Security Tip | 01/04/18

This week's topic: Use Caution with USB Drives

USB drives have become a very useful tool for transferring data between systems. Unfortunately, their conveniences come with a risk as these devices could be lost, stolen or infected with a virus.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn the steps you can take to utilize USB drives in a safe and secure way.

 

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Use Caution with USB Drives
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/83?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

Never use a random drive that you have not purchased yourself.

Encrypt your portable USB drives to protect the data that may be on that device.

Monthly Security Newsletter | 12/28/17

This month's topic: Personal, Professional and Mobile Non-Technical Security

Too often, we assume security is a technical process that requires some level of technical know-how. While it’s important that we utilize the technical tools such as antivirus software and firewalls, it’s just as important that we understand non-technical processes, like reporting incidents, thinking before clicking and staying alert.  

In this month's Security Newsletter, learn some of the non-technical skills that you can master to protect your information.

 

Read this Month's Security Newsletter
by Advisor Armor

Click the link below to access the Security Newsletter
https://www.pii-protect.com/SecurityNewsLetters/view/27?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

Be sure to lock your computer when you leave your desk, even if it's just for a few minutes.

Weekly Security Tip | 12/21/17

This week's topic: Threatening Email Scam

Cybercriminals are crafting emails threatening your life or the lives of your family. Their goal is to make you panic and rush into a ransom payment.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn how to spot a ransom email scam and the tricks you can look for to protect yourself.

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Threatening Email Scam
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/82?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

Educate yourself, family and friends about these fake email scams.

Act calm if you receive an email with threatening language and avoid making any rash decisions.

Weekly Security Tip | 12/14/17

This week's topic: Fake Emails Could Cost You

Cybercriminals are ramping up the volume and variety of fake emails being sent to you. With a goal of tricking you into sending them money, cybercriminals are becoming more creative in their attempts to make you a victim of their scams. 
 

In this week's security tip video, learn how to spot a fake email and the immediate steps you should take if you believe you’ve fallen victim to a scam.

 

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Fake Emails Could Cost You
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/81?brand_key=dl73v&ID=26796

Quick Tips

If you think you've sent money to a scammer act quickly and work with your bank for a wire recall.

Approach every email and request for money or information with caution.

Weekly Security Tip | 12/07/17

This week's topic: Digital Defense

With so many cyber vulnerabilities being exploited by criminals, it is critical to build a strong defense to help you protect your information. Improving your knowledge of security vulnerabilities and using precautions can help you create a strong digital defense. 
 

In this week's security tip video, learn about how you can create a strong digital defense to protect your information.

 

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Digital Defense
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/80?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

Immediately report and delete suspicious emails.

Avoid using a free web-based email account by attempting to establish your own domain.

Monthly Security Newsletter | 11/30/17

This month's topic: Privacy and Security

Do you know the difference between privacy and security? Understanding how these two concepts work together, and how they differ, is key to improving our overall defense. From policies and compliance regulations, to using common sense and staying alert, privacy and security have one common goal in mind: guaranteeing the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive data. Achieving that goal is a responsibility we all share!

In this month's Security Newsletter, learn how privacy and security work together in the protection of information.

 

Read this Month's Security Newsletter
by Advisor Armor

Click the link below to access the Security Newsletter
https://www.pii-protect.com/SecurityNewsLetters/view/26?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

There are three types of insider threats: accidental, negligent and malicious.

Read the security newsletter for 5 immediate steps to take if you fall victim to identity theft.

Important Note for Mac users

Apple has released a critical update for Mac users running the newest High Sierra operating system that addresses a major security vulnerability. View the below link for more information on how you can make sure your Mac is on the newest update.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/29/16715246/apple-releases-high-sierra-root-security-patch 

Weekly Security Tip | 11/23/17

This week's topic: Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices

We use electronic devices on a daily basis for many different functions but how do we know these devices are safe and secure? Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the increased use of electronic devices to open new doors for their malicious activities.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn many tips and tricks that you can follow to keep your electronic devices safe.

 

Watch the 2 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/79?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

Avoid allowing your computer to "remember" your passwords.

Do not conduct sensitive activities while using a public wireless network.

Weekly Security Tip | 11/16/17

This week's topic: Your Facebook Hacked

There's a lot of personal information that we keep online and even post publicly on our Facebook page and other social media sites. Cybercriminals try to take advantage of this and can hack your accounts to gain access to your friends or steal your identity.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn how to discover if your Facebook account has been hacked and the steps you can take to minimize your risk. 

 

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Your Facebook Hacked
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/78?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

Create a strong and unique password for all online accounts.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on your accounts to add an extra layer of security.

Weekly Security Tip | 11/09/17

This week's topic: Enhance Your Cybersecurity

Many people think that it's impossible to keep pace with all the cybersecurity measures needed to keep safe in this digital age. The reality is that enhancing your overall security is easier than you think!
 

In this week's security tip video, learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity and some of the common sense practices that you can employ to protect your information.

 

Watch the 2 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Enhance Your Cybersecurity
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/77?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

Be aware of credit card skimmers that can scan and steal your card information at the gas pump or ATM.

Weekly Security Tip | 11/02/17

This week's topic: Adobe Flash Vulnerabilities

Adobe Flash Player has long been the useful tool that has helped us view dynamic content like videos and animation online. But with this helpful tool comes a long list of security flaws and vulnerabilities that cybercriminals easily exploit.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn about the vulnerabilities that Adobe Flash Player could present and the steps you can take to protect your devices.

 

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Adobe Flash Vulnerabilities
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/76?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

If you are using Adobe Flash Player, make sure that your software is up to date.

6 of the top 10 vulnerabilities used by cybercriminals this year affected Adobe Flash Player.

Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Security Newsletter | 10/26/17

This month's topic: Social Engineering & Phishing

Trust is an important component of our lives but should not be taken lightly. Too much trust in the wrong person is a leading factor in many breaches and instances of identity theft. Leveraging different techniques, cybercriminals are preying on our trust to open new doors for their scams.

In this month's Security Newsletter, learn about the various forms of social engineering and the steps that you can look for to avoid being the next victim.

 

Read this Month's Security Newsletter
by Advisor Armor

Click the link below to access the Security Newsletter
https://www.pii-protect.com/SecurityNewsLetters/view/25?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

Social engineers use various techniques to put you in a place of distress to get you to fall for their bait. Keep your emotions in check and think rationally.

Always treat requests for money or sensitive information with a high degree of skepticism.

Weekly Tips

Weekly Security Tip | 10/12/17

This week's topic: Line of Credit Scams

Lines of Credit are an attractive option for home owners who are looking for a low interest loan. But these popular loans have become a prime target for scammers who lure in applicants and take your hard-earned money.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn about these Line of Credit scams and the signs you should look for to avoid being their next victim. 

 

Watch the 2 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Line of Credit Scams
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/74?brand_key=dl73v&ID=26796

Quick Tips

Be cautious when a lender, broker or loan officer asks for money upfront.

Watch out for ads promising significantly lower interest rates than the norm.

Monthly News

Monthly Security Newsletter | 09/28/17

This month's topic: The Internet of Things

In this digital age we are living in, it seems that so many items we come in contact with on a daily basis are "smart", meaning they are connected to the internet. But with all this convenience, the Internet of Things poses a huge security risk.

In this month's Security Newsletter, learn the security risks with your "smart" devices and tips and tricks to protect these devices.

Read this Month's Security Newsletter
by Advisor Armor

Click the link below to access the Security Newsletter
https://www.pii-protect.com/SecurityNewsLetters/view/24?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

When working remotely, always utilize a VPN or Virtual Private Network to work securely.