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.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Banking Scam

Banks are always looking at ways to make accessing your money more convenient. With these new features come new threats to individuals and their hard-earned money.

In this week’s security tip video, learn more about this new scam and how to prevent this from happening to you.

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Video

Quick Tips

  • Never respond to requests for personal or financial information sent via email, text or over the phone.

  • If you are ever unsure of a confusing message or text, contact your bank or financial institution directly.

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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Video

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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Video

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.