February 2020 Security Awareness

Watch this great phishing awareness video created by the Cyber Safe division of Government of Canada.

Smishing (Mobile Phishing)

Gaining in popularity, Smishing is similar to email phishing but uses SMS based text messages or Facebook/Instagram messages to trick you into taking action.

Example SMS Spam Messages

Facebook Messenger Spam Message

How to protect yourself.

  • If you are waiting for a the text or it comes within an existing message thread, and you know the source, that does suggest it is real.
  • If you get a suspicious looking text from a known number, call the number to confirm, before tapping on a link.
  • If it looks too good to be true, IT IS!
  • Do not download or install any software send via a text link, unless you requested it and trust the source.

Clean Desk Policy

A clean desk policy incorporates security for both your computer and desk/office space, is easy to implement and an important component of overall company security.

Your computer:
– Set a strong password for access to your system.
– Use the shortcut Windows Key-L to quickly lock your system when you walk away.
– In case you forget, set an automatic lock after 15-30 minutes of idle time.

Your Desk:
– Lock sensitive or confidential information in a drawer at the end of the day.
– Use a shredder to destroy confidential information, instead of recycling it.
– DO NOT store sensitive information on sticky notes or under keyboards.
– Lock USB or portable drives away when not in use.
– After use, erase whiteboards that have sensitive information on them.