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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.

Use Caution Opening Email Attachments August 16, 2019

A common method cyber criminals use to hack into people's computers is to send them emails with infected attachments. People are tricked into opening these attachments because they appear to come from someone or something they know and trust. Only open email attachments that you were expecting. Not sure about an email? Call the person to confirm they sent it.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Personalized Scams August 15, 2019

Cyber criminals now have a wealth of information on almost all of us. With so many hacked organizations now a days, cyber criminals simply purchase databases with personal information on millions of people, then use that information to customize their attacks, making them far more realistic. Just because an urgent email has your home address, phone number or birth date in it does not mean it is legitimate.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


When Away August 14, 2019

Leaving your seat? Ctrl--Alt--Delete! Make sure you lock your workstation or laptop while you are away from it. On a Mac? Try Control--Shift--Eject/Power.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


Kids and Screenshots August 13, 2019

If you have kids with mobile devices, create a central home charging station in a place like 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.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


Reporting an Incident August 12, 2019

Bad guys are very persistent, eventually anyone can make a mistake. If a phone call from the "Help Desk" doesn't sound quite right, if an email seems suspicious or if a program you installed starts acting funny, ask for help! In addition, perhaps you lost a work laptop or a USB drive. The sooner you report an incident, the sooner we can help resolve the problem.

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