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Cyber Awareness Alert
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Here is your dose of Cyber Awareness, hopefully supporting your journey to improved Cyber Protection 


Question:  How do you protect your data and online security?  Drop us a line and maybe we will highlight your answer in our next newsletter!

Do you have a data policy? If you own a business with employees, you should seriously consider it.  Contact us for details. 

Here is some knowledge for the week

You ever notice those green padlocks by your website address in your browser?  That's usually a good sign that the website is safe.  However, things may be changing...for the worse. "Cybersecurity researchers at PhishLabs reported that nearly half of all fraudulent websites are also using the green padlock symbol in the URL bar, with the hope that you’ll be fooled into thinking that you’re in fact visiting a legitimate and secure site...the number of fraudulent websites adopting the padlock has increased from 24 percent in 2017 to nearly 50 percent in 2018."

“Criminals can now easily obtain certificates that enable the padlock to show up and encryption to take place, and they can do it without revealing very much about who they are,” 
CNET reported.

Basically - just be sure not to enter your personal or financial information on a website if you have any doubts - even if it has a padlock.
You probably heard about the Marriott data breach - but have you taken the necessary steps to protect yourself?  Here are some general tips to think about after most breaches.  A few highlights include:  1)  Check for Marriott's communication about the breach - they are likely offering free web-monitoring of information on the internet.  2)  Change your password - we always recommend doing this often and make them long/complicated.  3) Check your bank and credit accounts 4) Freeze your credit - that is if you are not going to need to use it.  If you freeze your credit, that could impact your ability to get a loan in the short term. But you can always turn it on and off again as needed. 
IT Professionals are very concerned about "cyber warfare".  Why? More companies are doing some form of business overseas. Check out the infographic in the article for some key highlights/takeaways on the survey. 

My favorite quote: "This is most likely due to the understanding that devices don't cause security breaches, rather end users' actions do such as unwittingly clicking on suspicious links, opening attachments with malicious payloads, or leaving devices unlocked, and so on."

Are you still working out of cafes (and using public Wifi) without knowing the risks?  A couple years ago, I was fortunate enough to interview the CISO University of Wisconsin-Madison and he provided some great information on the risks of using public Wifi and how to take some precautions.  I have found many people are still unaware of the risks and wanted to share this "oldy but a goody" post.  

If you are thinking of using a VPN service, we have some ideas.

Did you learn something new?  Or maybe this was just a helpful reminder?  Let us know if you find this newsletter informative.  We are always looking to improve the content!  

Have you considered using a low-cost Virtual Private Network (VPN), Password Manager, Anti-Malware scans and general training on how to stay safe online?

Questions about these services? And as always, if you need some help getting acquainted with cyber security, contact Find Me Cyber to find out how we can help.

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Neil Rekhi, Founder 
Find Me Cyber

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