Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Fake Warrant Scam

As phone scams have become more prominent over the years, one version has recently risen in popularity among scammers. Posing as representatives of a local law enforcement office, scammers try to trick you into paying them a fine to avoid their fake warrant and possible arrest.

In this week’s security tip, learn more about these fake warrant scams and what you can look for to stay ahead of their tricks.

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Quick Tips

  • Real law enforcement agencies will not tell you to provide monetary card information to avoid arrest.

  • Never provide any personal identification such as your date of birth or social security number.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Cyber Holiday Shopping Tips

'Tis the season! With the holidays right around the corner, online shopping continues to be popular among consumers looking for great deals on gift purchases. Knowing this trend, cybercriminals are working their tricks to dupe consumers out of their hard-earned money.

In this week’s security tip video, learn about some of the common tricks scammers will pull during the holiday season.

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Quick Tips

  • If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Double-check that the URL you are connecting to is really the correct website and not a fake one created by scammers.

Monthly Newsletter

This month's topic:  Getting Phished: Why Phishing Works

From advance-fee scams to spoofed email addresses, phishing has long been the go-to attack in the social engineer's playbook. With so many variants of these dangerous scams it is important to understand how and why a phishing scam works.

In this month's security newsletter, learn why phishing scams work and how you can best protect yourself.


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Quick Tips

  • When it comes to social media, avoid posting too much information that may be used against you.

  • If an email is promising large sums of money or other unbelievable offers, it most likely is a phishing scam.

Top 5 ways to pick a secure password

Oh, passwords. Someday the FIDO alliance or somebody will save us from them. Until that heady day, we still need them and we need to choose ones that are really hard to guess. Even if you have two-factor authentication turned on—which you should—secure passwords are still a good idea. Fire up your Horse Battery Staple, here are five things to know to pick a good password.

Never reuse one. Ever. Data breaches are very common. When your password is breached at a service, that service will usually make you change it. But the service where you re-used it doesn't know that, so you just made that password very insecure.

  1. Choose a long and strong passphrase. Yes, it is possible to remember your password and make it secure. Don't choose dictionary words. Security researcher Bruce Schneier suggests taking a sentence like: "When I was seven, my sister threw my stuffed rabbit in the toilet." And using the first letters numbers and punctuation to make "WIw7,mstmsritt."

  2. Let a password manager do it for you. Yes, password managers are a single-point of failure, so be honest with yourself. Are your passwords more secure if you let a manager that is 2FA-protected pick really good ones for you? Or do you want to manage all that yourself? And is the way you manage it, more secure than a password manager? Be honest—nobody else needs to know.

  3. Don't update it regularly unless you're forced to. It used to be that it took 90 days to crack a password, so if you changed it every 90 days, you could stay ahead. Now it takes seconds, unless you've picked a strong one.

  4. Skip the secret question. If that's not an option, answer it like you're making a second password. There's no point in having a really secure password only to have it backed up by a dictionary word in your secret question that's easily guessable.

The fact of the matter is that you should really turn on two-factor authentication and hope that better methods will make the password obsolete. But, until then, I hope these tips help, friend.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Tech Support Scams

Our computers and devices store much of our sensitive work and personal information. When a “virus alert” appears, it’s human nature to want to resolve the issue quickly before we lose our precious data. Scammers are using their tricks in convincing ways to steal our PII and sensitive data.

In this week’s security tip video, learn about how these tech support scams work and some tips that you can master to keep your information safe.

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Quick Tips

  • Scammers can often spoof official looking phone numbers so don’t always trust your Caller ID.

  • If you are a victim, change any passwords to bank accounts or other sensitive websites.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Apple iTunes Gift Card Scam

New scams have emerged targeting Apple users. By claiming to be members of Apple Support, scammers are tricking individuals out of their hard-earned money!

In this week’s security tip, learn more about this latest scam and how you can avoid becoming the next victim.

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Quick Tips

  • Be persistent with your device updates.

  • If you are targeted or fall victim to one of these scams, immediately report it to your local police department.

Monthly Newsletter

This month's topic:  Incident Response … It’s About Time

Reporting security incidents is a critical aspect of a security-focused culture. All workforce members play an integral part in this concept so it’s important to know what to report, when to report and why it should be reported.

In this month’s Security Newsletter, learn more about the importance of reporting security incidents and which types of incidents to report.


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Quick Tips

  • If you see an unfamiliar person in the office, be sure to verify that they have authorized access to be there.

  • Incidents can happen in three domains: the cyber domain, the physical domain, and the people domain.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Threatening Voicemail Scams

Threatening voicemails are becoming a viral trend among cybercriminals. By preying on vulnerable targets, these threatening voicemails may sound convincing, but don’t fall for their tricks.

In this week’s security tip video, learn how these scams work and the steps you can take to avoid becoming the next victim.

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Quick Tips

  • If you receive a threatening voicemail, don’t call the number back and never give out any personal information.

  • Beware of fake emails with a similar threatening message.

Advisor Armor 4th Quarter Training

Q4 2018 Training kicks off Monday the 15th and runs for 60 days with reminders every 10 days. This session includes videos and interactive questions along with a quiz. The subject is mobile security.

As usual the invitations will come directly to learners in this format:

Invitations to training will always take the format below:

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/jelc78

Note that NO username and password are required. The course you are taking is called “AA Q3 2018 Data Security Awareness Training” and includes 3 interactive training modules.

You have 41 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!

Some additional reminders.

  • Reports are available should you want them emailed each week. Please send us a note to info@advisorarmor.com. Results will also be published inside the account dashboard at the end of each quarter.

  • You can manage your Learner Roster inside your dashboard under Training.

  • Email Enticements are randomized and can also be reported weekly.

  • Our weekly news and tips is sent only to the account administrators but you are free to share as you so choose.

Thank you.


Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Malvertising

We may think of ourselves as experts when it comes to spotting a fake website or phishing email, but new tricks are being used to sneak viruses into ads even on trusted websites.

In this week’s security tip video, learn more about how malvertising works and how you can protect your systems.

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Quick Tips

  • Make sure your web browsers and plugins are up to date.

  • Set your web browsers to flag malicious content.