Global Tensions Present Cyber Threats Across The Internet
The White House has recently released a statement warning US citizens of the threat of ‘malicious cyber activity’ in response the the war in Ukraine. Many of the recommendations are consistent with SPARKS!’ messaging over the years:
- Protect your accounts with secure passwords and multi-factor authentication. We recommend using a password manager for security and ease of use.
- Avoid phishing and do not open any suspicious emails! Here are a few email safety tips.
- Update your anti-virus, anti-malware and security software as well as your operating system, apps and other systems. View a list of known exploits at CISA.gov
- Backup, backup, backup! Take advantage of offsite options and cloud providers such as Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive.
You can view the view the entire White House Fact Sheet online.
Social Media Hacks Escalating
Email isn’t the only platform vulnerable to hacking. The security platform Malwarebytes reports an increase in phishing attempts targeting Facebook and other social media users. Remember, don’t open any suspicious email links and go to the actual website to login and verify any communications or changes.