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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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

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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.

Weekly Security Tip | 09/21/17

 

This week's topic: CCleaner Malware Infection

CCleaner is a popular utility designed to optimize performance on Windows PCs and Android mobile devices. Recently CCleaner announced they had been compromised by cybercriminals and maliciously infected versions of their software were given out to over 2 million users.

 

In this week's security tip video, learn about the malicious software, what was exposed and how to protect your systems. 

 

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 CCleaner Malware Infection
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https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/73?brand_key=dl73v&ID=26796

Quick Tips

Users of CCleaner should update their program to the latest version,  5.34 which removes the malware.

Weekly Update

Weekly Security Tip | 09/07/17

This week's topic: Enable Macros Phishing Attack

Cybercriminals are looking for the easiest way to make you their next victim. Their new methods involve using macros to spread destructive ransomware that could encrypt your computer and network. 

 

In this week's security tip video, learn what a macro is, how it works and how you can protect your computer.

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Enable Macros Phishing Attack
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/70?brand_key=dl73v&ID=26796

Quick Tips

Make sure macro security is enabled both at work and on your home computer.

Monthly Security Newsletter | 08/31/17

This month's topic: Passwords - The Front Door

We've learned time and time again that passwords are our first line of defense for protecting our information. But as the landscape for security changes, so too must our concepts on passwords.

In this month's Security Newsletter, learn the building blocks of a truly secure password and how to avoid creating an unsafe password.

Read this Month's Security Newsletter
by Advisor Armor

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https://www.pii-protect.com/SecurityNewsLetters/view/22?brand_key=dl73v&ID=23865

Quick Tips

"123456" was the most common password of 2016.

Weekly Tip

Weekly Security Tip | 08/24/17

This week's topic: Social Media Phishers

As cybercriminals are looking for more ways to steal information, they are turning to Social Media sites to find new victims. Users on these platforms are more free-flowing with their personal information and cybercriminals are leveraging techniques to gain access to their target's social circles.

In this week's security tip video, learn about the methods a cybercriminal could use and how you can keep your profile and personal information safe.

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Social Media Phishers
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https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/68?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

Keep as little of your profile set to "Public" as possible.

Weekly Update

This week's topic: Office 365 Brute Force Attacks

Microsoft's Office 365 environment is being targeted by hackers looking to gain access to a user's mailbox and company information. Hackers are using passwords stolen from previous breaches to perform brute force login attacks.

In this week's security tip video, learn about these new techniques used by cybercriminals and how you can protect your accounts.

Watch the 2 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Office 365 Brute Force Attacks
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https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/67?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Quick Tips

Never use the same password across multiple sites.

Weekly Tips

This week's topic: Prevent and Respond to Identity Theft

Identity theft can happen to anyone, even if you don't use a computer or credit card. Rummaging through trash, theft and even overhearing conversations can all be factors that expose your personal information.

 

In this week's security tip video, learn about the methods a criminal can use for identity theft and the steps you can take to avoid becoming their next victim.

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Prevent and Respond to Identity Theft
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https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/66?brand_key=dl73v&ID=26796

Quick Tips

Be aware of your financial account activity and credit reports to monitor for suspicious activity.

If you believe you have become a victim, take action as soon as possible.

Weekly Update

This week's topic: Privacy Awareness

We all know that keeping our personal and work information private is very important but keeping up with these security measures can be tough. 

In this week's security tip video, learn some easy tips that you can use to help keep the data you're accessing safe and secure.

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Privacy Awareness
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https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/65?brand_key=dl73v&ID=26796

Quick Tips

Be skeptical when giving out your information online. Know who you are communicating with and make sure you can trust the individual on the other side.

Delete your "Cookies" from your online browsing sessions which will limit the methods used to track your online behavior.

Weekly News

Weekly Security Tip and Monthly Newsletter
 07/27/17

Normally on the last Thursday of the month, we send out a Security Newsletter but this week is a doubleheader!  A new important update from Apple has been released that can keep your products safe.  The first part of this email is about the important Apple Software update  and the secondpart of the email is our monthly Security Newsletter.

Security Tips - Apple Sierra Update

Apple has just released a new software update that all iPhone, iPad and Mac users need to be aware of. This is in response to a possible vulnerability in Apple's current software that leaves it potentially vulnerable to hackers.

In this week's Security Tip video, learn about the details of this update and how you can keep your Apple products running safely.

Watch the 1 minute Security Tip
by Advisor Armor
Topic:
 Apple Sierra Update
Click on link below to access the Security Tip
https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/64?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773
 

Monthly Newsletter

This month's security newsletter is all about Malware, Ransomware and how you can avoid being the next victim of cybercrime. Learn tips and tricks on spotting a phishing scam and ways to avoid Malware on your devices.

Read this Month's Security Newsletter
by Advisor Armor

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https://www.pii-protect.com/SecurityNewsLetters/view/21?brand_key=dl73v&ID=22773

Top 5: Things to know about cloud security Knowing the basics of cloud security can help you pick a better cloud provider. Here are five bits of important information.

Before you can mount a defense, you need to know what you're defending against. And when your data is in the cloud, defense gets more complex. There's a whole meteorology of cloud risk patterns to analyze, so we're here to help you focus. 

Here are five cloud security risks you need to know about:

1. Shared space. Yes, your data is supposed to be in its own container, but that virtual container sits on the same physical machine with many others. Good cloud services take steps to prevent other customers from accessing your container.

2. Encryption. Your data should be encrypted at rest and in transit, even when it's being accessed by the cloud service's own applications. Even more often overlooked is what steps cloud providers take when they dispose of your data.

3. Secure transfer. All that encryption means nothing if you access it in an insecure way say with an http command. Make sure your data is always encrypted and authenticated with a standard protocol like IPsec.

4. What about the API? A weak software interface could let someone into all your data, secured or not. Find out what the cloud provider does to lock down its API.

5. The users. We humans are always the weakest point in any security scheme. Find out as much as you can about the people who handle your data for the cloud provider and who at their company has what access. And train your people as best you can not to get phished.

Now you not only know what to be on the lookout for, but you can choose better cloud providers based on how they say they'll deal with these risks

The fight against ransomware is getting tougher. Here are five basics everyone should know about it.

Ransomware — the malware that encrypts all your data and makes you pay a ransom in order to (hopefully) get it back — is the big new threat. So you need to know everything you can about it. 

Here five things to start with:

1. Ransomware is getting big. Attacks were up 600% in 2016 and cost more than $1 billion. So this is not a small threat. 

2. You need to keep your software up to date. Ransomware often takes advantage of older vulnerabilities that have been fixed in newer software. As in defending against all attacks, keep that software updated. All of it. 

3. Watch out for the precursor. Other types of malware often get into a system to collect information. It's often used to assess how much ransom an organization can afford. If you stop this quiet malware, you may take yourself off the target list.

4. You're the vector. Granted, the malware itself does the encrypting, but phishing attacks that convince employees to download the malware in the first place are the most common attacks. Train your staff on how to avoid phishing scams. 

5. Back up your data. If you have a good recent backup, you can skip right past the demands for ransom and get on with your day. Segmenting your network can also mitigate ransomware's damage.

Those are just a few things to keep in mind when setting up your defenses.

New Phishing Campaign

DocuSign has observed a new phishing campaign that began the morning of June 12.

We would like to make you aware of a new phishing campaign observed by DocuSign that began the morning of June 12.
 
The email comes from William Scott “william_scott@flexovitportal<dot>com” with the subject “Please review your document Invoice <1234567> for <recipientdomain.com>” and it contains a link to a malicious, macro-enabled Word document.
 
Do not click the link if you receive this email, instead please forward it to spam@docusign.com and then delete the email immediately. If you have clicked on the link and downloaded the document, please contact your local IT support to scan your device to ensure it has not been compromised.  

Please click here for Tips from DocuSign on How to Foil Scammers.
 
As a reminder, you should continually take steps to ensure you are protecting yourself and your clients from phishing attacks. More information on how to identify phishing attempts and ways to help prevent them can be found in this memo.