We’re diving deep into the sea of online safety because, you guessed it, it’s still Cyber Security Month!
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No one is immune to the everyday dangers lurking in the digital shadows. Did you know that Gen Z Americans (those born between the late 1990s and 2010s) were three times more likely to get caught up in online scams and twice as likely to have a social media account hacked than their grandparents, with 14% admitting they’d had their location information misused (according to this study)?
With that in mind, netEffx wanted to alert you to three common cyber threats and how you can fortify your online defenses.
Charting the Waters of Common Threats
- Phishing Pirates: Have you ever received an email from your bank asking for sensitive information? That’s phishing, a tactic used by cybercriminals to trick you into revealing personal data. The shield? Always double-check sender emails, avoid clicking suspicious links, and verify requests directly with the company.
- Wi-Fi Spies: Public Wi-Fi networks can be a breeding ground for cybercriminals. They can intercept your data traffic. Your protection? Protect your online activities by using a virtual private network (VPN) when connected to public Wi-Fi, ensuring your data remains encrypted.
- Social Media SOS: We love sharing our lives online, but oversharing can lead to trouble. Cybercriminals prey on oversharing, using personal information for malicious purposes. The safeguard? Be mindful of what you share publicly, adjust privacy settings, and educate the family on responsible sharing.
Let netEffx Help You Weather Cyber Security Storms
This Cyber Security Month, trust netEffx to help you navigate the stormy seas of the internet. Stay safe, stay smart, and let’s helm these digital waters together!
If you’re in need of anti-phishing solutions, a VPN, or tips to stay safe using social media, please use the form below or click here to talk with a tech! Make sure to come back next week for more cyber security tips and tricks!