Weekly Security Tip | 04/12/18

This week's topic: Prevent Identity Theft

With identity theft at an all time high, it is critical that we get serious about protecting our personal information. Although a cybercriminal's attempts at stealing your identity are always changing, there are ways that you can keep your information safe.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn some easy tips to help prevent identity theft.

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by Advisor Armor

Topic: Prevent Identity Theft
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Quick Tips

Consider going paperless or invest in a paper shredder.

Review your credit report and financial transactions consistently.

Weekly Security Tip | 04/05/18

This week's topic: 7 Tips for a Secure Password

Passwords are the keys to our online doors so it is critical that we take the creation of them seriously. By taking the time to create strong and secure passwords, we can help better protect ourselves and our information online.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn the top tips to creating a secure password.

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by Advisor Armor

Topic: 7 Tips for a Secure Password
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Quick Tips

Avoid using the same password across multiple accounts. This will limit an attacker's access during a successful breach.

Monthly Security Newsletter | 03/29/18

This month's topic: The Threat Connection

An important component of protecting sensitive information is understanding the threats around us. As technology continues to grow, so too does the threat landscape we face.

In this month's Security Newsletter, learn some of the steps that you can take to detect and identify threats in your domain.

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by Advisor Armor

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https://www.pii-protect.com/SecurityNewsLetters/view/30?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

Your organization's policies and procedures were designed for a reason, so make sure that you are following them.

Make sure you report all incidents or suspicious activity as soon as possible!

Weekly Security Tip | 03/22/18

This week's topic: Avoiding Android Malware

Android is the most common operating system among mobile phone users, making it the prime target for criminals to spread their malware.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn the five tips to prevent malware from attacking your Android device.

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by Advisor Armor

Topic: Avoiding Android Malware
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Quick Tips

Use only the Google Play Store to install apps.

Try to only download apps from trustworthy creators.

Weekly Security Tip | 03/15/18

This week's topic: Staying Secure on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a popular social networking website for working professionals and organizations to highlight their skills and construct a network. This tool however, has some security concerns that you should be aware of. 
 

In this week's security tip video, learn the security concerns surrounding LinkedIn and how you can stay secure while using their platform.

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by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Staying Secure on LinkedIn
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Quick Tips

Think about who you are connecting with and be cautious of bogus profiles.

Use complex passwords for LinkedIn and all online accounts and consider enabling Two-Factor Authentication. 

Weekly Security Tip | 03/08/18

This week's topic: How To Delete Data Off Your Smartphone

Deleting data off your smartphone may seem like a simple task, but there are growing concerns that criminals can still extract your information if it's not properly removed. By following the correct steps to rid your smartphone of unwanted data you can ensure your information doesn't end up in the wrong hands.
 

In this week's security tip video, learn how you can properly remove data off your smartphone.

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by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 How To Delete Data Off Your Smartphone
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Quick Tips

For Android devices, encrypting the smartphone then restoring the device to factory settings will remove the data.

For iPhone users, performing a factory reset will sufficiently remove all the physical data off the device.

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This week's topic: Tax Season Scams

Tax season can be painful enough as it is, but now a new scam is emerging. In this scam, inaccurate refund amounts are deposited into your bank account. After the refund arrives in your account, a cybercriminal posing as the IRS or law enforcement contacts you in an attempt to trick you into transferring this money back to 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:
 Tax Season Scams
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Quick Tips

If an erroneous refund is discovered in your account you should work with your bank to return the refund to the IRS. 

The sooner you file your taxes each season, the less likely you are to be threatened by this scam.

Monthly Security Newsletter | 02/22/18

Monthly Security Newsletter | 02/22/18

This month's topic: Compliance & Me

Compliance is an important part of any position that should be embraced, not feared. The goal of compliance regulations is to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information we capture.

In this month's Security Newsletter, learn how you and compliance can fit together.

Read this Month's Security Newsletter
by Advisor Armor

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https://www.pii-protect.com/SecurityNewsLetters/view/29?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

If you are unsure of the internal policies to protect sensitive data, always ask for help! 

How we respond to security incidents is almost as important as how we prevent them.

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.

 

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by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 SMishing Scam Awareness
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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.

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by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 BEC & EAC Scams
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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.

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by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Computer Cleaning Tips
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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.

 

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by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Social Engineering Attacks
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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
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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
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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

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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.

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by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Threatening Email Scam
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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
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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
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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.