April 2022: Top Three Social Media Scams
Learn how to recognize and avoid some of the most common scams on social media (investment scams, romance scams, and online shopping scams) with these tips from the April 2022 SANS security OUCH! Newsletter.
There are many positive applications for Deepfake* technology that don't aim to mislead, but it doesn’t hurt to know some strategies for sussing them out yourself. This month’s SANS OUCH! Newsletter provides a toolkit for identifying deepfakes that we hope you’ll enjoy.
* Deepfakes (a portmanteau of "deep learning" and "fake") are synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else's likeness.
There’s a new trend of cyber criminals using fake copyright infringement notices to trick you into giving them your Instagram password. Cybersecurity company Sophos breaks down the scam and how to avoid it.
Online stores can make holiday gift-giving more convenient! But not if they’re run by scammers who steal your information, send fraudulent goods, or never send anything at all.
LITS wants you to be safe as you shop for the holidays. If you’re planning to shop online this year, consider the tips in the SANS’s OUCH! Security Awareness November Newsletter. Sign up to get monthly security tips in your inbox (bottom right corner of their site).
LITS wants to note that some of these tips privilege larger, pre-established brands and that some smaller BIPOC and women-owned businesses might not have the resources to meet all of these standards. We urge you to balance caution and your values as you choose gifts this holiday season.
Making mistakes when sending an email is so common that “replying all” on accident has become a meme. But even small email errors like replying all can have BIG consequences for the security of your data.
LITS loves the SANS’s OUCH! Security Awareness October Newsletter’s tips for avoiding these frequently made email mistakes that can put your information at risk.
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If you have a Mount Holyoke College Google account, you’re already familiar with 2-step verification (sometimes called 2FA, two-factor authentication, or multi-factor authentication), but did you know that you can enable it on your other online accounts?
LITS and the SANS’s OUCH! Security Awareness September Newsletter recommend enrolling in 2-step verification in as many places as possible to protect your data.
This security measure is usually not enabled by default, so we recommend that you check each of your important online accounts (banking accounts, email accounts, PayPal, etc) to see if 2-step verification is available.
Who here has gotten a fraudulent phone call where a robotic voice threatens you to share your personal information? Jorge: *raises wing*
Not all voice phishing (aka vishing) attacks are so obvious; Some scammers use a technique called “social engineering” to trick you into trusting them and following their instructions. Even though these scams are more sophisticated, there are telltale signs that you can be aware of and avoid.
LITS loves these tips for identifying and avoiding phone call attacks and scams from SANS’s OUCH! Security Awareness Newsletter earlier this summer.
We especially encourage international students to review these tips as we’ve seen them be disproportionately targeted by phone scammers in the past.
Without mobile apps, our phones would be stuck in the ‘90s. But not all apps are created with your security in mind. LITS loves these recommendations for safely choosing, configuring, and updating mobile apps from SANS’s June OUCH! Security Awareness newsletter.