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Common Cyber Threats (Part-1)

In the digital age, individuals often click on links in emails and texts without pausing to assess the legitimacy of the communication. Despite the widespread tech-savviness among today's youth, it's crucial to remember that being proficient with technology doesn't necessarily equate to being security-wise.

Surprisingly, statistics show that younger generations, including Gen Z and millennials, tend to procrastinate on mandatory IT updates more than older generations do. For instance, research indicates that 58% of Gen Z and 42% of millennials frequently delay these updates, compared to only 31% of Gen X and 15% of baby boomers. This delay can leave devices vulnerable to cyber threats.

Moreover, older generations, who have been slower in adopting technology, may possess weaker passwords and may not engage in two-factor authentication, making them more susceptible to cyber attacks. They might also struggle to recognize social engineering attempts. It's essential to safeguard personal information from such threats by imparting security awareness knowledge to loved ones.

To this end, here are five essential best practices applicable to individuals of all ages and expertise levels:

  1. Beware of Phishing Attempts on Holidays: During festive seasons, scammers intensify their phishing efforts, using tactics ranging from installing malware to extracting personal information. It's vital to exercise caution when opening emails, particularly from unfamiliar senders, and to avoid clicking on suspicious links or disclosing confidential information.

  2. Watch Out for Phishing's Cousins, Vishing, and Smishing: Apart from traditional phishing, individuals should remain vigilant against vishing (phone-based scams) and smishing (SMS-based scams). These fraudulent methods often target personal information through deceptive means, such as impersonating government agencies or compromised acquaintances.

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