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posted Sep 17, 2014, 7:16 AM by Craig Cox   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 12:38 PM ]
As I gear up for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, I haven't been posting as many news stories to the web site.  But don't be fooled!  Phishing and hacking are still taking place.  Fortunately, the same advice continues to apply:  Be skeptical of email that tries to get you to respond emotionally before your common sense kicks in, and keep your antivirus and operating system software up to date!

Just some random examples:  Dynamoo warns of a phony fax scam, and malwarebytes looks at a lottery scam.  There are many others constantly floating around!  Please stay alert!

In other news, Chase Cunningham at Net Security blogs about teaching cyber safety to kids.  Although his target audience is cyber security professionals, it shouldn't be hard for any parent of an elementary-school-aged child to adapt his advice.  (Parents, please see also this site's Resource page on Child Online Safety.)

And the events?  This October, I'll be visiting each campus to present workshops on Cyber Security:

Don't Fall Victim to Identity Theft goes in-depth into phishing techniques.  Attendees will learn how to recognize scams, as well as get info on where to start fixing things if their identity is compromised.  Because these same techniques are used to lure you into infecting your computer, tablet or phone, the material will help protect against those dangers as well.

Longer is Stronger is the updated workshop on building strong passwords and using password managers.  Learn how to stay ahead of the password compromises that make the news.

Both of these workshops will be offered at each campus in October.  Watch the Portal announcements for dates and locations.  And don't worry -- if you have a conflict, I can still present the material to your student, faculty or staff group on request!