County Bank subscribes to a number of publications and newsletters that provide information about topics of interest related to cybersecurity, social media, computer technology, Internet security and related topics. One of these newsletters is “OUCH”, a monthly security awareness newsletter for computer users. We hope these articles will keep you informed and, most of all aware, of things you can do to protect yourself and your personal information.
Securing the Generation Gap
Trying to securely make the most of today's technology can be overwhelming for almost all of us, but it can be especially challenging for family members not as used to or familiar with technology. Therefore, we wanted to share some key steps to help secure family members who may be struggling with technology and might misunderstand the risks that come with using it.
Social Engineering Attacks
A common misconception about cyber attackers is that they use only advanced tools and techniques to hack into peoples' computers or accounts. Cyber attackers have learned that the easiest ways to steal your information, hack your accounts, or infect your systems is by simply tricking you into doing it for them using a technique called social engineering. Let's learn how these attacks work and what you can do to protect yourself.
What is Fake News? Generally speaking, fake news is a false narrative that is published and promoted as if it were true. Historically, fake news was usually propaganda put out by those in power to create a certain belief or support a certain position, even if it was completely false. Social media has now created an environment where anyone with an agenda can publish falsehoods as if they were truths.
Online Security for Kids
Kids' lives are online more than ever, from socialising with friends and interacting with family to online learning and education. As parents we want to make sure they do so in a safe and secure manner. However, this is hard as many of us never grew up in such an online environment like this. Below we cover key steps on how you can help kids make the most of online technology safely and securely.
Virtual Conferencing Safely and Securely
What is Virtual Conferencing? With so many of us now working from home, you are most likely finding yourself remotely connecting with your co-workers using virtual conferencing solutions like Zoom, Slack, or Microsoft Teams. Your family members - perhaps even your children - may also be using these same technologies to connect with friends or for remote learning. Regardless of why you are connectin, here are key steps you can take to make the most of these tachnologies safely and securely.
What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that is designed to hold your files or computer hostage, demanding payment for you to regain access. Ransomware has become very common because it is so profitable for criminals.
Creating a Cyber Secure Home
In the past, building a home network was nothing more than installing a wireless router and several computers. Today, as so many of u are working, connecting, or learning from home, we have to pay more attention to creating a strong cyber secure home. Here are four simple steps to do just that.
The Power of Updating
You may not realize it but cyber attackers are constantly looking for and finding new vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the software people use every day. This software may run your laptop, could be the mobile apps you use on your smartphone, or perhaps even the software in your baby monitor or other devices in your home.
One of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself is to use a unique, strong password for each of your accounts and apps. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to remember all of the different passwords. In addition, we know it's time consuming to constantly have to type in your passwords at different sites, generate new passwords, track the answers to all your security questions, and numerous other factors. However, there is a solution that will make your life both much simpler and far more secure - password managers.