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Security Awareness Tip of The Day

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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.


June 30, 2015

Shopping Online

When shopping online, always use your credit cards instead of a debit card. If any fraud happens, it is far easier to recover your money from a credit card transaction. Gift cards and one-time-use credit card numbers are even more secure.

http://www.securingthehuman.org/u/5dq


June 29, 2015

Unique Passwords

Make sure each of your accounts has a separate, unique password. Can't remember all of your passwords/passphrases? Consider using a password manager to securely store all of them for you.

http://www.securingthehuman.org/u/5ej

June 26, 2015

Don't Login on Untrusted Computers

A password is only as secure as the computer or network it is used on. As such, never log in to a sensitive account from a public computer, such as computers in a cyber cafe, hotel lobby or conference hall. Bad guys target public computers such as these and infect them on purpose. The moment you type your password on an infected computer, these cyber criminals can harvest your passwords. If you have no choice but to use a public computer, change your password at the next available opportunity you have access to a trusted computer.

http://www.securingthehuman.org/u/5eI

June 25, 2015

Conversations

When traveling, it is very easy to forget where you are when discussing business with colleagues. That airport, taxi, restaurant or hotel lobby may have individuals nearby eavesdropping on your conversation. When discussing confidential information, agree to hold off on the conversation until you can be assured of privacy. Also, be careful not to share sensitive information with strangers you meet.

http://www.securingthehuman.org/u/5eI

June 24, 2015

Go With Passphrases

Passphrases are the strongest type of passwords and the easiest to remember. Simply use an entire sentence for your password, such as "What time is coffee?" By using spaces and punctuation, you create a long password that is hard to guess but easy to remember.

http://www.securingthehuman.org/u/5ej


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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