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Tech Tips of the Week: Browsing the Internet Safely and Using E-mail Safely

From the IT Group:

As you are aware, the IT Group is providing Cyber Security Awareness Training to you through May 2013. As part of this training, videos addressing cyber security topics are released to you monthly and newsletters are available to you that reinforce the message in these short videos.

Here are portions of two newsletters available to you now:

Browsing the Internet Safely

The Internet has become a powerful tool for numerous activities, including searching for information, shopping online, and managing your finances. In almost all of these cases, the primary tool you use is a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox. Your browser is, in many ways, your gateway to the Internet. Because so many people around the world use and depend on browsers for their daily Internet activities, your browser is also a primary target for cyber criminals. Cyber criminals have developed new attacks and built malicious websites designed to hack your browser and infect your computer. You should always follow these steps to protect your browser and yourself…

To find out these steps and to learn more about browsing the Internet safely, visit our cyber security newsletters.

Using E-mail Safely

E-mail has become one of the primary methods to communicate, both at work and at home. E-mail is an extremely powerful tool allowing you to reach anyone around the world instantly. E-mail is simple; you type your message, include attachments, and send. E-mail is also cheap and sometimes even free. Given all of the above, it is not unusual for individuals to send or receive hundreds of e-mails a day. The danger is cyber criminals leverage this technology as well. It is very simple for a cyber criminal to create e-mails pretending to be someone or something you trust, such as your bank or your favorite online store. In addition, cyber criminals send out literally millions of these malicious e-mails every day. The number one step to protect yourself is to be suspicious…

To learn how to protect yourself and your email, visit our cyber security newsletters.

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