1) Never click on a link from email that you are not 100% sure is safe!
I know that sounds like common sense to everyone at this point, none of us would click on a link from Joecrazy@thisisavirus.com. But what will trick many people is the 100% sure part. Do you know how easy it is to change one tiny thing in an email you already correspond with that no one would notice?
For example, if someone you know has an email that is firstname.lastname@example.org would you notice if email@example.com sent you a message? Or would you just glance quickly and assume it’s the person you already know? (Note: If you noticed the “l” change to an “i” in Kelly – did you also see that I threw in an extra “e” in fakeemail?) Did you also know that the email can look to be correct but if you hover over it, it might show that it’s actually a different email?
2) Own the responsibility.
Whether you are at home or at work we seem to have an attitude of “it’s not going to happen to me” or “my anti-virus will catch it”. There are viruses being created every day that the antivirus software can’t keep up with. While it is important to have software in place to help, you cannot rely on it completely. For example, when you buy a car, it has thousands of built in safety features. When you DRIVE the car, those features are there to protect you but you are still responsible for the safe operation of your vehicle.
3) Don't take facebook quizzes that give away your personal info.
We’ve all seen those fun quizzes come down through our feeds. What’s your favorite food? Who’s your favorite pet? Or my favorite, “Take you maiden name and combine it with the street you grew up on and add Princess and that is your new name. For example, if your maiden name is Wilson and you grew up on Darby road you are Princess Wilson from Darby”
So what do we do? We type in Pizza, Fido or laugh at all the funny names that people come up with!
But…. what are the most common questions that are used to reset your password? They are quesitons such as “What is your favorite food”, “what is your pet’s name” and “what is your maiden name”. You have now just posted your personal info for the world to see……. and use.
4) Don't answer phone numbers you don't recognize.
We all worry about our computers but did you ever think about the danger of just saying hello? How does a typical phone conversation with someone you don’t know go?
“Hi, is this Judy”
They now have you recorded saying “Yes” and can use your own voice with other companies as verification that you want to buy or do something.
5) Be careful of USB sticks.
Of course you are not going to go down to the corner, see a USB on the street and take it home and use it. That would be crazy right!
But…. you might go to the cubicle next to you and grab one in a pinch. Most of us would pick up a USB at a trade show because free stuff is always great! The problem is anyone could walk in off the street and plant a few of these around an office for people to pick up and use. A haker could also take some from a trade show floor, load the virus on it, and then put them back on the table without anyone knowing.
As soon as the infected USB is in your computer, it can cost you way more than a trip to Staples to buy your own.