Blogs

Consumer Security

The weakest link is often…you

By Stephanie Hopper, Information Security Engineer

Part 2 of a two-part series

In our previous blog, we discussed the common misconception people have about cyber attackers. As previously mentioned, cyber attackers have learned that one of the easiest ways to steal your information or hack your computer is through social engineering, which is a way of tricking someone into giving you information.

Here are some tips to help prevent social engineering attacks:

  • Never share passwords. No CenturyLink organization will ever contact you and ask for your password. If someone is asking you for your password, it is an attack.
  • Don’t share too much. The more an attacker knows about you, the easier it is for them to trick you into doing what they want. Minor details shared about yourself, over time, can be put together to gain access to your accounts, financial data and other sensitive information. The less you share publicly, including posts on social media sites, product reviews, or public forums and mail lists, the less likely you will be attacked.
  • Verify contacts. At times, you may be called by your bank, credit card company, mobile service provider or other organizations for legitimate reasons. If you have any doubt as to whether a request for information is valid, ask the person for their name and extension number and offer to call them back. When you do return the call, be sure to use a phone number from a trusted source.

If you suspect someone is using a social engineering method to get something from you, stop communicating with the person. If it is someone calling you on the phone, hang up. If it is someone chatting with you online, terminate the connection. If it is an email you do not trust, delete the email.

For other security tips, continue to follow our CenturyLink Security Blog

Leave a comment

*
*
*