For UNI-managed computers, IT takes care of ensuring that the machine you use is kept up-to-date and patched. For personally-owned devices, including many devices that aren't "computers", the update responsibility is squarely on your shoulders. Some devices provide "automatic updates". Turn that on and take advantage of it! Otherwise, set a reminder at least once per month to check for updates and apply those that are available. https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/power-updating/
QR codes are everywhere: you can see them on posters and leaflets, ATM screens, price tags and merchandise, historical buildings and monuments. People use them to share information, promote various online resources, pay for their goodies, and pass verification. And yet you don’t see lots of QR codes in email: users often read messages on their phones without any other device handy for scanning. As such, most letters come with ordinary hyperlinks instead. Nevertheless, the attackers increasingly turn to QR codes delivered through email. Read more at https://securelist.com/qr-codes-in-phishing/110676/
It’s clear that users remain a key target for threat actors looking to gain a foothold in corporate systems. In the past, businesses have placed the onus on users – expecting them to know what to look out for and identify phishing attacks – but with techniques becoming more convincing, a new approach is needed. Read more at https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/blogs/how-can-users-stay-protected/
UNI IT has chosen Bitwarden as its licensed partner for an enterprise password manager. Bitwarden also offers free accounts that should be more that adequate for most uses. Migration from other password managers is generally available and documented on Bitwarden's website. For more on password managers in general, see https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/power-password-managers/
Phone call scams are sometimes preferred by bad actors because they provide a direct connection between the bad actor and the potential victim. Guidance to protect yourself can be found at https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/stop-phone-call-scams/
Your financial accounts are a primary target for cyber-criminals. You have money, and they will do anything to steal it. By financial accounts, we mean not only your checking or savings accounts, but also investments, retirement, and online payment accounts like PayPal. Fortunately, with some simple, fundamental steps, you can protect yourself. Read the details at https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/securing-financial-accounts/
As QR codes continue to be heavily used by legitimate organizations—from Super Bowl advertisements to enforcing parking fees and fines, scammers have crept in to abuse the very technology for their nefarious purposes. The rest of the story is here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/qr-codes-used-in-fake-parking-tickets-surveys-to-steal-your-money/
AI: What is It and Why Should I Care?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) describes systems programmed to think and respond like humans. In fact, we asked the AI solution ChatGPT that very question and got this response. https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/artificial-intelligence/
Mobile devices, such as smartphones, smart watches, and tablets, continue to advance and innovate at an astonishing rate. As a result, you may be replacing a new device as often as every year. Unfortunately, you may not realize just how much personal data are on your devices — far more than your computer. Below we cover the different types of data on your mobile devices and how you can securely wipe your device before disposing or replacing it. Read more at https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/disposing-mobile-devices/
The holiday season is a time when people are especially vulnerable to scams. This is because they are busy and often have their guard down. Criminals take advantage of this by circulating fake e-gift cards, posing as charities, targeting specific demographics, and so on.
- E-gift card scams
- Demographic targeting
- Subscription renewals
- Crypto scams
More detail can be found at https://blog.knowbe4.com/send-this-to-your-users-5-top-scams-to-watch-out-for-this-holiday-season