December 2019 Security Awareness

A test phish email was sent to you last week.
Click this link to see that email with detection tips.
https://northerncomputer.ca/phish-november-2019/

Passphrase is the new Password

Passphrases are an easier way to create and remember strong passwords.
With so many passwords being required it is hard to keep track and remember them, especially if you are using standard password strength recommendations.

Passphrases are easier to remember and harder for hackers to break. Most systems now support the use of spaces as well, so use them!

A few examples:   Tea time IS 1:45         Wh@t a Gr8 Day!      Eye8one@pple

Other password tips.

  • Avoid using personal information like birth dates and phone numbers.
  • Change your passwords regularly and don’t reuse passwords.
  • Use a Password Manager such as LastPass, Dashlane or 1Password.

CRA Scam – phone calls and emails.

Be aware, with tax season coming soon CRA scam calls and emails will be increasing again.

Canadian Revenue Agency may call you, but they will NEVER:

     * Use aggressive language or threaten to arrest you.
     * Demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards
and gift cards from the likes of iTunes and Amazon.
     * Ask for information about your passport, health card or driver’s license
     * Send or Request e-transfers of any kind. The CRA only
processes payments by direct deposit or cheque in the mail.

Check this article from the CRA for more information:
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud/sample-telephone-scam.html

National Do Not Call List
It’s also helpful to add your number to the National Do Not Call list. Although not all telemarketers respect the system it will reduce the number of scam calls you receive.
Register here: https://lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/en#forConsumers