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Security Awareness Tip of The Day


Welcome to the SANS Tip of the Day site. Each day we post a new tip that focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization. In addition, each tip is linked to a respective OUCH! newsletter so you can learn more about the topic, in over 20 languages. The Tip of the Day program is distributed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. You are welcome to use these tips within your organization or share with family and friends, the only limitation is you cannot modify them and must reference the source. If you have any suggestions or ideas for new tips please contact us at community@securingthehuman.org.

Email and Emotions April 21, 2017

Never send an email when you are angry; you will most likely regret it later. Instead, when you are emotional and want to reply to someone, open up an email and write everything you feel, but do not send it. (Be sure there is no name in the TO field so that you do not accidently send it.) After you have vented, save the email and come back an hour later. You only want to reply to any type of emotional situation after you have had time to cool down.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Social Media Postings April 20, 2017

Be careful: the more information you post online about yourself, the easier it is for a cyber attacker to target you and create custom attacks against you or your organization.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft April 19, 2017

Report any identity theft immediately by following these steps:

  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and have them place a fraud alert on your credit report.
  • If a credit card was involved, contact the credit card company and have a new credit card with a new number issued.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency and file a report.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Document all conversations so you know whom you spoke to and when.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


Browse With Encryption April 18, 2017

When browsing online, encrypting your online activities is one of the best ways to protect yourself. Make sure your online connection is encrypted by making sure HTTPS is in the website address and that there is a green lock next to it.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


CEO Fraud April 17, 2017

CEO Fraud is a type of targeted attack. It commonly involves a cyber criminally pretending to be your boss, then tricking or fooling you into sending the criminal highly sensitive information or initiating a wire transfer. Be highly suspicious of any emails demanding immediate action and/or asking you to bypass any security procedures.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Tip of the Day Team

The Tip of the Day program is developed through a rigorous process involving numerous volunteers. These tips would not be possible without the hard work of the people below.

Advisory Board

  • Allison Hickman
  • Andrew Richter
  • Janet Roberts
  • Karen McDowell
  • Mariano M. Del Rio
  • Rhonda Kelly
  • Michael Sands
  • Ed Yuwono
  • Stephanye Schuyler
  • Mark Ryan del Mroal Talabis
  • Thomas McMahon
  • Vaman Amarjeet