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Cyber-attack security – helpful tips, safe tricks

(U.S. Air Force illustration by the 97th Communications Squadron)

(U.S. Air Force illustration by the 97th Communications Squadron)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

While cyber-attacks are always happening and tensions are on the rise, everyone needs to keep in mind the best practices to counteract these types of measures in their daily duties. Individuals frequently tell themselves, “it can’t happen to me.” However, statistically, this is not the case. Below are a few ways users can minimize their own vulnerability from phishing or spam emails, which is one of those most common methods of compromise:

Before clicking links inside emails, be sure to check the grammar. Not all hackers are bilingual and may rely on services such as Google Translate to generate their message. Did you expect an email? Hackers are not your friends and as such do not know how they act. If your friend is sending you abnormal messages with links, give them a call to verify it is actually them rather than a hacker who has compromised their account. Is the email from somebody you know? Emails from strangers telling you that you won a new iPad, from a contest you did not enter, are HIGHLY likely to be false. If you are convinced you really did win an iPad, give them all call first. A legitimate business will provide their contact information at the end of the email.

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  • With technology speedily advancing day by day, widening the door of convenience, the internet has fast-become part of our daily lives. However, while cyber security frequently improves and public awareness of online safety grows, the internet retains its dark side. Cyber criminals are out there, preying on billions of internet users by planting traps and exploiting system vulnerabilities

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  • For most of us, not a day goes by where we don’t use our favorite social media platforms, connecting with friends, family, groups and work colleagues. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn users collectively create a gargantuan worldwide online social scene. And every user has one major thing in common: They, like you, share tons of information.

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  • Modern life has afforded us unprecedented conveniences. But it’s also opened the door to deceptive criminality schemes which frequent global headlines. Fraudsters can attack both off and online, hiding behind the façade of phony emails, letters, telephone calls, text messages and emails.

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These simple steps may not stop all cyber-attacks, but they will help insulate individuals from email-based attack; which amounts to roughly 91% of all cyber-attacks. For more information concerning this topic, please contact the Altus Communication Focal Point at 481-5341.