How guarded are you from spear phishing and social media deception?

David Pollino
Posted by David Pollino

“Know the Risk — Raise Your Shield” is the name of a new federal cybersecurity awareness campaign with some valuable tips for individuals, employers, and employees.

The education campaign comes in response to the Office of Personnel Management breach this year that compromised the personal information of more than 20 million people. Now, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center has released two educational videos to help thwart social media deception and spear phishing, which uses social engineering to target victims. Here’s a few highlights you can learn from the videos:

Social media deception:

1) Maximize privacy settings on social media sites. Remember, information you share on social media sites may be viewed and collected by criminals.
2) Use complex passwords with numbers, symbols, and upper-case and lower-case letters. A third of Facebook users have weak passwords that put them at risk.
3) Only share information online with people you know and trust. Make sure those you share with are actually who they say they are.


Spear phishing:

1) Delete suspicious emails.
2) If you receive a questionable email from a bank or other business, contact them directly to verify the authenticity of the message.
3) Never open attachments or links in emails from unknown senders.
4) Be on guard with emails from people you know. If it seems suspicious or contains a seemingly random link, it may have come from a hacker impersonating someone else.


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  • Anonymous says:

    good article, my friend. keep fighting the good fight. -Ryan

    Reply | 4 years ago
  • Anonymous says:

    I’m not happy when I go to sign in my name and password are already filled in? I always sign out! Isn’t that a risk??

    Reply | 4 years ago

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