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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

Phishing October 21, 2016

Phishing is when an attacker attempts to fool you into clicking on a malicious link or opening an attachment in an email. Be suspicious of any email or online message that creates a sense of urgency, has bad spelling or addresses you as "Dear Customer."

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Unique Passwords October 20, 2016

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.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Bluetooth October 19, 2016

Turn off Bluetooth if you are not using it on your computer or device. Not only does this make it more secure, but it also saves battery life.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Social Media Privacy Settings October 18, 2016

Privacy settings on social networks have limited value. They are confusing to configure and change often. Ultimately, if you do not want your parents or boss reading it, do not post it.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Two Home Computers October 14, 2016

If possible, have two computers at home -- one for parents and one for kids. If you are sharing a computer, make sure you have separate accounts for everyone and that kids do not have privileged access.

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