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D'Hanis ISD joins NCSAM in promoting #CyberAware
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Tuesday, October 02, 2018
October is National Cybersecurity Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Join us in creating a culture of Cybersecurity!

This is the 15th Annual National CyberSecurity Awareness Month.

D'Hanis ISD will be sharing information, tips and guides all month long in order to help our community be more #CyberAware.

In week 1 of #CyberAware Month we’ll be sharing tips and advice to keep your home and family safer and more secure online.

#CyberAware Graphic

 

Week 1 -- Spam and Phishing in Emails, Social Media, Text Messages and Phone Calls

Phishing Scams

Spam is the equivalent of unwanted junk mail showing up in your post office box. While some of it is unwanted ads, the vast majority is actually an attempt to get you to click on infected links, download virus infected software, or give away your personal inforamtion.

Phishing is a type of spam that is actively trying to steal your inforamtion in the form of username/passwords, email addresses, and credit cards or bank information. These types of messages actually pretend to be a legitimate business (Ebay, Amazaon, Broadway Bank, Visa, etc) and try to get you to click on a link or download an attachment so that you infect your machine with a virus or you fill out a fake website form (that looks very real!) and give them all your personal information.

Tips to Avoid Being a Victim:

  • Don't ever reveal personal or financial information in an email or respond to an email asking for personal information. This applies to phone calls, social media posts and text messages as well.
  • Don't ever click on a link in an email to go to a website to enter in the personal information. If you think it might be legitmate email, then open up a new browser page and go to the website yourself. The links in the email may not be taking you where they say they are!
  • Pay attention to the website URLs. Malicious websites may look identical to a real website, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a slightly different domain (a .net versus a .gov)
  • Keep a clean machine! Keep all software on computers, phones, and tablets up to date to reduce the risk of infection from malware. 

Resources and more information:

Anti-Phishing Working Group

FTC's OnGuardOnline

Free tools to check your Devices for Viruses and Spyware

 

*Thank you to Appleton Creative Marketing for providing the Email Phishing Graphic.*

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