Don’t Click That!

Don’t click that

We get a lot of email, perhaps as many as hundreds a day. Most of it is junk, but some look important. The messages may appear to be from a bank or investment company, or from a utility, or from FaceBook. At first glance, the messages seem important – they inform us that an account has been breached or a fraud may have been detected. The message offers a way to set things right, if you just click on a link…

Don’t Click That.

Take a sec. Look at it again. It can’t be that urgent; they emailed you, and had no idea when or if you would see the email. Take a sec. Look at it again. Jot down the company that is allegedly sending it (such as the bank or utility). Go directly to their website and login with your account info. See if there is a problem that requires your attention.
But, Don’t Click That Link. Unless you are really sure where that link will take you, leave it alone and delete the email. You’ll be glad you did.
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How strong is your password?

Data breaches are in the news – what can you do to protect your online accounts? Well, the only action you, as an end user can take is to change your passwords regularly.

So what does a good password look like? I’m sure you’ve heard that a good password needs to be 10 – 12 alphanumeric characters with mixed case, numbers, and symbols. Like this: ‘G56_32+hdW’.

Don’t want to remember a number of large, unwieldy passwords like that? Try using one, like the one above, and adding a symbol and letters to it to denote to which account it belongs.

So, if that was your FaceBook password, you might add ‘@FB’ to the end of it. That way, you need to memorize (or write down) one core password, and append account-specific suffixes to make it unique across accounts.

Have any questions… CallYourHelpDesk.