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Happy Monday Everyone! In today’s One Minute Read we are talking about something really important – online security. Now this might seem very similar to our first post recognizing phishing scams, but in-light of some recent activity in Oakland California I wanted to bring a little more attention to the subject, and expand just a bit.

What happened?

So, last week, the city suffered a pretty scary attack from some ransomware hackers. But don’t worry, the city’s got things under control. They took all the affected systems offline to make sure the hackers couldn’t cause any more damage, and kept their website up and running.

That means all the really important stuff, like 911 services and emergency services, are still up and running. But some of the non-emergency systems, like voicemail, might be a little unsteady.

But the good news is, the city’s working hard to recover and get things back to normal. And that’s all thanks to the quick thinking of the city officials, their IT experts and their commitment to keeping the people of Oakland safe.

Nowadays, we spend a lot of time online, whether it’s browsing the web, shopping, or connecting with friends and family. But with all this online activity comes the risk of falling prey to cyber criminals who are always looking for ways to steal our personal information and cause chaos.

One of the most common ways cyber criminals can get to us is through malicious links or downloads in attachments from emails or software downloads from untrusted websites. It’s so easy to click on something that seems harmless, but before you know it, your computer is infected with malware or your personal information has been stolen.

That’s why I’m here today to remind you to be extra careful when it comes to clicking on links or downloading software from untrusted sources. Always think twice before you click, and make sure you’re downloading from a reputable source.

Here’s a recent example to drive home just how serious this issue is. In January of this year, the Colonial Pipeline, which carries fuel up and down the East Coast of the US, was the victim of a cyber attack. The hackers were able to steal millions of dollars and cause widespread panic by disrupting the supply of fuel.

It’s believed that the attack started with a single click on a malicious link. Just one click was all it took for the hackers to gain access to the company’s systems and wreak havoc.

So, my friends, I can’t stress enough how important it is to be careful with what you click on online. Don’t let one click ruin your life or your reputation. Always think twice, and if you’re not sure, it’s better to err on the side of caution and not click at all.

For more tips on how to keep your personal information safe, we are here to help. Reach out to one of our team members and let’s get started on this security journey together!

Stay safe out there, and as always, happy browsing!

– MH

Monday, February 13, 2023

*** Sources ***

Oakland Story

Colonial Pipeline Hack


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