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These are the most common cybersecurity missteps that will make you vulnerable to an attack.
You get contest information you didn’t sign up for
“Don’t respond with personal information (social security number, credit/debit card info, banking info, address, phone number) to contests, raffles, and other web forms that you didn’t explicitly sign up for. Don’t click on links in text messages from numbers you do not recognize.” —Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product Management at cybersecurity tech company Nyotron. Here are 20 tricks hackers use to scam you.
You got a suspicious email and phone call
“Today’s hackers often use a coordinated hybrid approach that includes the computer, phone, and other means. For example, a person will call you on the phone, claim to be from your bank, and ask you to update your credentials because they’ve just updated the system. If you say you’d prefer to do so via a website rather than over the phone, they’ll give you the URL to a site that looks exactly like your bank’s site, but isn’t.”—Mark Gazit, CEO of ThetaRay, a provider of big data analytics solutions
You have the same password for everything
“When we recycle passwords, we increase the chances that hackers gain access to not one, but many of our online accounts. Instead of repeating an easy-to-remember password across multiple sites, a user should choose a unique password for each site. Or use a password manager.”—Ashley Boyd, VP of Advocacy at Mozilla. Learn these 10 tech myths that you need to stop believing.