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

October 2, 2015

Never Give Your Password Over the Phone

Never give your password to someone over the phone. If someone calls you and asks for your password while saying they are from the Help Desk or Tech Support team, it is an attacker attempting to gain access to your account. Learn more in this OUCH! newsletter

October 1, 2015

Email Auto-Complete

Be careful with email auto-complete. This is an email feature that automatically completes a name for you when you begin typing it in the TO field. However, your email client can easily complete the wrong name for you. If you are emailing anything sensitive, always be sure to check the TO field a second time before hitting the send button. Learn more in this OUCH! newsletter

September 30, 2015


Make sure you have anti-virus software installed on your computer and that it is automatically updating. However, keep in mind that no anti-virus can catch all malware; your computer can still be infected. That is why it's so important you use common sense and be wary of any messages that seem odd or suspicious. Learn more in this OUCH! newsletter

September 29, 2015

Kids and Mobile Devices

If you have kids with mobile devices, create a central home charging station in your bedroom. Before the kids go to bed at night, have them put their mobile devices there so they are not tempted to play with them when they should be sleeping. Learn more in this OUCH! newsletter

September 28, 2015

You Are a Target

You may not realize it, but you are a target. Your computer, your work and personal accounts and your information are all highly valuable to cyber criminals. Be mindful that bad guys are out to get you. Learn more in this OUCH! newsletter

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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