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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.

Never Give Your Password Over the Phone December 6, 2016

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.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.

Social Media Postings December 5, 2016

Be careful: the more information you post online about yourself, the easier it is for a cyber attacker to target you and create custom attacks against you or your organization.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft December 2, 2016

Report any identity theft immediately by following these steps:

  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and have them place a fraud alert on your credit report.
  • If a credit card was involved, contact the credit card company and have a new credit card with a new number issued.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency and file a report.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Document all conversations so you know whom you spoke to and when.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


You Are a Target December 1, 2016

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.

To learn more, check out this OUCH! newsletter.


Patch and Update November 30, 2016

One of the most effective ways you can protect your computer 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.

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