Cyber-Security with Ian: Passwords, Phishing and Facebook

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Cyber security threats come along incredibly quickly these days, making it a full-time job just trying to keep up. However, there's a few things that you can do to stay ahead of the threats. Here's a few great suggestions below on keeping a step ahead of some threats and phishing attacks. 


1. Choosing a Strong Password

The traditional way of creating a strong password is to use a long string of letters, numbers and special characters, but those passwords are hard to remember. It’s easier and more secure to create a passphrase instead.

A passphrase is a string of words that aren’t easily guessed. For example, “Salamand3r St3w Is G00d F0r Y0u”. We are assigning everyone a mandatory 10 minute KnowBe4 training on creating strong passwords. You should receive an email with a link to take it in a few minutes.


2. Phish Alert on Outlook Mobile 

The Phish Alert button is now available on the Outlook mobile app. If you have a company phone, please install the Outlook app and start using the Phish Alert button when you spot phishy emails.

Just click on the three dots to the right of the email and select the Phish Alert icon. If you already have the Outlook app, just restart your phone and the button will appear.

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3. Facebook Data Fails 

Facebook just revealed that hackers recently obtained user data from 30 million accounts. Some of the data stolen includes phone numbers, email address, birth dates, connected devices, location check-ins, searches and more. You can use this link to see if any of your data has been stolen.

This breach comes as another black mark to Facebook’s already bad reputation when it comes to handling user data. Since the revelations about misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, there have been questions about how Facebook uses customer data, including the discovery that Facebook had been routinely collecting full call logs and other data from some mobile users.

Recently, Facebook acknowledged that it provided phone numbers used for two-factor authentication to advertisers for the purpose of targeting users with ads. And Facebook’s VPN application was yanked from Apple’s App Store in August because they were using it to collect data on all app usage on devices.

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