Cyber Awareness Month: Putting It All Together

Cyber Awareness Month: Putting It All Together

Cyber Awareness Month: Putting It All Together

In the age of cybercrime, phishing scams are only getting more sophisticated. However, that doesn't mean we have to be victims! This October is Cyber Awareness Month, and we're encouraging Canadians to get together today and educate each other on how they can protect themselves from phishing emails.

Seven (7) Red Flags of Phishing.

Don't fall for phishing scams. Here are seven (7) red flags to look out for.

  • The email is poorly written. Phishing emails often contain spelling mistakes and poor grammar.
  • The email is unexpected. The email address looks different.
  • The email is too good to be true. Phishing emails look like they come from a legitimate source.
  • The email contains a link or attachment. Phishing emails trick you into clicking on a link that takes you to a fake website.
  • The email asks for personal information.
  • The email asks you to do something.
  • A Phishing phone call or text message.

Cyber threats are confirmed as the number of cyber attacks continues to rise. Whether in the headlines or in our personal lives, many people have been victimized by criminals stealing money, identities, and other private information.

Helping Older Adults Get Cyber Safe.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • As you teach your elderly relatives about cyber security, it's best to focus on the top concerns for older adults. These include identity theft, financial fraud, and medical information abuse.
  • It's essential to teach them how to recognize phishing scams and avoid clicking on any suspicious links or attachments that they see in emails they receive.
  • If a family member has had their personal information stolen from a data breach or other incident, you can help them monitor their accounts and credit reports for fraudulent activity.

Cyber Security For Children.

If you are a parent, teacher, or have young children in your life, it is essential to teach them about cyber security. The internet is filled with dangers and ways for people to hurt themselves and others. Here are some tips on what you can do:

  • Teach children about phishing. Ensure they know not to click on links from suspicious emails or websites and not give out personal information such as their address or phone number without asking their parents first.

  • Teach children about cyberbullying and how it can lead to severe consequences like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, suicide ideation, and even suicide attempts! Make sure they know how important it is for them for their safety and because other people may be affected if something wrong happens due to their online actions (such as taking videos/images without consent). Also, make sure everyone has access to #ENDWRITE.

How To Teach Co-workers About Phishing.

To help your coworkers understand the importance of cyber security, you'll want to share a few facts. Cyber security is critical for any organization that handles sensitive information or personal data. If you work in a company that deals with money, it's essential to protect financial information.

In addition to sharing facts about cyber security, it's also essential to teach coworkers how to spot phishing scams and other cyber attacks. To do this effectively, here are some best practices:

  • Ask questions like "What do you think?" or "How does this make you feel?" These questions can be used as discussion starters when introducing new topics or ideas; they also encourage participation from others who may not be speaking up because they're uncomfortable in new situations (e-learning).
  • Use visual cues such as images and videos when teaching new concepts so learners can get an idea of what something looks like (visual learning).

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we will encourage Canadians to teach others how to ruin a cybercriminal's day by providing information they can easily share with colleagues, friends, relatives, and neighbors.

This is all part of Cyber Awareness Month—a time when you, me, and everyone else in the world get together to celebrate our cybersecurity efforts and learn how to keep ourselves safe online. But before we get too excited about the celebration part (and trust me: I am delighted), let's look at what happened last year during Cyber Awareness Month.

We've come a long way since starting this month-long cyber awareness blog series. We hope that you have learned some new tricks to stay safe online and offline. Remember: together, we can fight phishing!

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