5 Tips for Protecting Yourself From Cyberattacks

By Matt Swenson, May 15, 2017


Most people know their laptops and desktops (even Macs, despite popular belief!) are vulnerable to hackers. But smartphones are as susceptible to breaches. Just as Ransomware can be used to steal data off a phone, antivirus software can be installed on all devices to protect against it. Bobrow says she doesn’t do online banking on her phone to be extra cautious. Owen adds SMShing, a fraudulent kind of texting, is among the newest threats.


How sophisticated have email attacks become? In CEO fraud, the latest spear phishing threat is emails appearing to originate from company executives are sent to chief financial officers. Bobrow says such emails often refer to the status of a wire transfer. Remarkably, the tactic has proven effective. It may sound obvious, but Bobrow also emphasizes not downloading attachments from someone you don’t know. PDFs and zip files are among the most suspicious. Another commonsense defense: Don’t repeat passwords on different accounts. “You might as well leave your door unlocked,” she says.


Bobrow recalls attending a conference where a speaker from a security company mirrored the event’s registration website. Within 30 minutes, the speaker had five people try to sign up on the wrong page. Owen suggests sending a screenshot to attendees with what the real site looks like to prevent them from be fooled by fake pages.


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