Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Pyramid Schemes

Pyramid schemes have been around for years through countless different products and services. By using attractive marketing techniques and “get rich quick” tactics, these pyramid schemes trick individuals into becoming a distributor for a potentially phony product.

In this week’s security tip, learn more about how pyramid schemes work and the tricks you should be watching out for.

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Quick Tips

  • Many products sold through pyramid schemes are not sold on store shelves but rather through distributors, like friends and family members.

  • Multi-level marketing structures are not illegal, but many do profit mostly by duping individuals into joining a company by offering benefits that are too good to be true.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Mystery Shopper Scams

Mystery shopping can be a great way to earn some extra cash by providing feedback on your shopping experiences at specified retailers. Although many legitimate mystery shopping programs exist, phony opportunities are out there, so do your homework before you sign up!

In this week’s security tip video, learn more about mystery shopper scams and how to protect yourself from becoming the next victim.

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Quick Tips

  • If an opportunity is legitimate, you won’t have to pay any type of fee to join the program.

  • Research all companies you’re considering working with by looking at online reviews and comments.

Monthly Newsletter

This month's topic:  The Comprehensive Guide to Security Awareness

This year, why not make a resolution to prioritize security awareness in both our personal and professional lives? Sharpening our security skills can help us become better human firewalls to protect the information we access and use.

In this month’s security newsletter, learn some components of what it takes to become a strong human firewall and how you can take your security awareness to the next level.



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Quick Tips

  • Always report a security incident, regardless of how small it may seem.

  • If you add a new smart device to your home, be sure to update the default username and password immediately.

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Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: 2018 Cybercrime Recap

2018 was another big year for cybercrime. As we move into the new year, it is imperative that we take lessons from some of the more common cyber threats from 2018 to ensure we are better prepared for the new threats ahead.

In this week’s security tip, learn about five threats from the previous year that we should be aware of to better protect our information.

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Weekly Video

Quick Tips

  • Stay alert for unusual email requests that appear to come from key executives.

  • Use strong and unique passwords on all of your accounts.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Electronic Pickpocketing

Traditional pickpocketing has always been a concern in crowded public locations, but new advancements in technology have allowed scammers to steal sensitive financial information without even touching their victims.

In this week’s security tip, learn more about the threat of electronic pickpocketing and how you can protect your information.

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Quick Tips

  • Check your credit cards to see if the radio frequency symbol is present.

  • Conceal your vulnerable cards in an RFID blocking wallet or purse.

Q1 2019 Advisor Armor Data Security Training

On January 15th the Q1 Advisor Armor Data Security Training Courses will roll out. The training period lasts 60 days with ongoing reminders. Due to recent SEC actions the subject shall be Red Flag Rules and Social Engineering Awareness Training and Testing.

The quiz answer key is linked here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MU9ECSev0P_dn28KFU6IXp8K2BWrKNe6QtC9yQwV42w/edit#gid=0

The answers to exercises within the video training are pictured here:

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Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Vishing Scams

Voice Phishing, also known as Vishing, may not be the latest scam in a cybercriminal’s toolbelt, but its effectiveness keeps it as a top concern for many of us.

In this week’s security tip, learn more about Vishing Scams and how to protect yourself and your information.

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Training Video

Quick Tips

  • Do not give away any personal information over the phone during an unsolicited phone call.

  • If you receive an unsolicited phone call requesting information, hang up, complete additional research, and call them back once you know it's legitimate.

Monthly Newsletter

This month's topic:  Being Mobile

The concept of being “mobile” has evolved as new technologies attempt to merge connectivity with convenience. Unfortunately, with these rapidly emerging technological advancements, security tends to take a back seat.

In this month’s security newsletter, learn more about what it means to be mobile and how you can secure your mobile devices.

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Quick Tips

  • If you purchase a smart device, change the default username and password immediately.

  • Public Wi-Fi is not safe so make sure you are using a VPN on all devices when connecting to the internet.

Microsoft Security Alert

Cybersecurity Alert

Microsoft Issues Patch for
Critical Internet Explorer Security Hole

 

On December 19, Microsoft announced the release of a security patch to combat a security hole in its Internet Explorer browser. This “out of band” patch was issued outside of normally scheduled patch distributions, indicating an urgent reaction to a previously unseen “zero day” security exploit.

Per the statement and accompanying advisory, “a remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer.” Using this vulnerability, bad actors have set up malicious web sites. Once unprotected IE users go to these sites, attackers can install malware, access data, create accounts with administrative rights, and more. The advisory indicates that the issue is active, has been seen in action, and has been reported to Microsoft by Google.

The critical security hole affects IE versions 11 from Windows 7 through Windows 10 on end user systems. It likewise affects IE installations on Windows servers, as follows: IE 11 on Windows Server 2012, 2016, 2019; IE 9 on Windows Server 2008; IE 10 on Windows Server 2012.

Per Microsoft, users who have enabled Windows Update and have applied the latest security patches are protected. Windows 10 users who have not enabled updates can manually apply updates here. Users of earlier versions of Windows can manually apply updates here.