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Cyber Security: The #1 attack vector.

The number one attack vector for hackers is email. What does this mean to you? It means that out of all the different areas of possible attack. The highest threat is email. There are a multitude of different techniques and protocols you can follow to reduce your risk of being compromised. I will quickly cover a few simple ones that you can use.

  1. Don't open emails from individuals or organizations you don't recognize.

  2. Unsubscribe from junk email or have it filtered to your spam folder.

  3. Never click on any links or attachments sent to you via email. Unless it is something you were expecting from a friend or coworker. Be very careful when it comes to clicking on things from friends. I have seen people accidentally send links to friends that were funnels to malicious sites.

  4. If it is a link or attachment from a friend hover over it with your mouse and look at it. Oftentimes malicious sites are disguised as legitimate sites but the domain is slightly changed. When you hover your mouse over the link look at it carefully. Check spelling and use common sense. If it don't feel or look right, it probably isn't.

  5. Avoid domain names and URL's that don't have a lock in the browser window. The lock in the browser window means the traffic between whatever device you are using and the site you are visiting is encrypted via https (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). Just because it has a lock doesn't mean it's legit. Anyone who has gotten an encryption certificate for a domain name will tell you, it's not hard to get. They can be malicious but once they are reported the encryption certificate will be denied.

I hope some of these tips will help people in the future. Always remember when in doubt don't click on it. One more thing Microsoft support will never randomly call you or remote into your computer. Microsoft will also not sell you antivirus. Thanks for reading. I hope these tips help.

Chris Wilson

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