The greatest defense against cyber attacks is you

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When people are out to get your personal information they’ve learned the easiest way to get it is from you, not your computer or other devices. You may be targeted through a phone call or an email but there are ways to know when you’re the focus of a hacking attempt, and how to stop the cyber attack before it’s too late.

The newest SANS Institute newsletter dives into how you can make the most of technology, while also staying safe and keeping your information secure. Read the full newsletter here.

People will try to trick you into giving them your personal information, like your credit card or an account password. Attackers may do this in a variety of ways but one example is that they may send you an email saying a package was undeliverable and ask you to click a link to confirm your address. In reality, that link takes you to a malicious site that lets the sender hack into your computer. If someone is calling, emailing or messaging you in any way asking for personal information and they have created a sense of urgency around the request, be suspicious.

There are four tips that are simple to follow and will help you protect your personal information:

  1. Using passphrases and two-step authentication
  2. Updating the software on your devices to make sure they are running the latest versions
  3. Making sure you have all your important information backed up somewhere
  4. Using common sense to spot and stop attacks. 

You can read all about how to achieve these four tips in the SANS Institute newsletter.