One of the reasons why most security awareness-level training programs are not as effective as they could be is because the audience either can't understand, or can't personally relate to, the subject matter. During your training session, be sure to provide relevant, accessible resources and straightforward solutions your audience can easily apply at work, at home, and elsewhere.
Verify your privacy settings on mobile devices and social media. Make sure you are not over-sharing information that could potentially be used against you. The more data there is about you online, the more malicious actors can gather and use to target you - even common criminals can use this information to break into your house while you are away.
Continue to monitor your credit report and accounts regularly to protect yourself from identity theft. Review your report and accounts for any suspicious activity, such as the opening of a new account or a credit report inquiry. If you have not provided permission for any activity, report it immediately to the IRS.
Beware of the following scams if you are filing your taxes today:
- Phone Scams: These are unsolicited phone calls from scam artists claiming to be IRS agents. They accuse their victims of owing back taxes and attempt to scare them into sending money in order to pay the fake bill. These scammers may even leave urgent-sounding voicemails with a callback number if the potential victim does not answer the phone. They also employ call spoofing technology to make it appear that the call originated from the IRS.
- Email Scams: Phishing emails appearing to come from the IRS attempt to lure potential victims into opening malicious attachments, clicking on malicious links, or sending personal information or money to scammers. Scammers are also targeting people who use tax preparation software by emailing malware-infected attachments disguised as tax software updates or account alerts to try to gain access to victims’ tax files or login credentials.
- Website Spoofing: Some scammers will go as far as spoofing a web address and creating a fraudulent website designed to look like a legitimate IRS or tax preparation company’s site in an attempt to fool their victims.
When taking pictures and videos of your friends be mindful before you post on social networks or share via text. You might immediately want to share that video or photo of your friends, but before you do, ask permission and make sure they approve.