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 SSA-Community@sans.org.

Kids and Family Members July 29, 2021

If you have children visiting or staying with family members (such as grandparents), make sure the family members know your rules concerning technology that your kids must follow. Just because your kids leave the house does not mean the rules about what they can do online change.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Hosting a Video Conference July 28, 2021

When hosting a video conference, make sure you password protect the conference so only authorized individuals can join. If there are any strangers or people who you do not recognize on the call, remove them.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


Never Give Your Password Over the Phone July 27, 2021

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 most likely an attacker attempting to gain access to your account.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


Patch and Update July 26, 2021

One of the most effective ways you can protect your computers and devices at home is to make sure both the operating system and your applications are patched and updated. Enable automatic updating whenever possible.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


CEO Fraud July 23, 2021

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

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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