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THE KANSAS LIFELINE

July 2018

“Hi!” only to find themselves victims of
a phishing attack, malicious email
that forwards to everyone on their
contacts list and steals all contact
information. 

2.  Don't use office computers to go

places on the internet that are not
work related. The boss is not likely to
be pleased when an employee
shopping for shoes or a jet ski turns
into a major headache and large bill
from a computer IT company!

3.  Never download apps, updates,

upgrades or software from pop-up
advertisements or sites that pop up
messages. There might be a message
something like.... “The required
update to Java (or whatever) is
necessary to play the video attached
to this article.... click here to install the
update. DON'T DO IT... NEVER click on
the Update option on such pop ups.
Instead, go directly to the real website

for the software in question. Java.com
of the Oracle Corporation or
Microsoft.com of Microsoft, for
example, and load any updates direct
from that verified source. These
update needed ruses have tricked
tens of thousands of people into
installing malicious software on
computers thinking they were
installing legitimate updates or
upgrades.

4.  Don't be naively trusting and

don't panic when an ominous
recorded voice of doom suddenly
announces out of nowhere that
security has been breached or that

n the March issue of The Kansas
Lifeline
, the article “What Monsters
Are Lurking On the Dark Web?”

reviewed some of the more notable
incidents of data theft and hacker
attacks during 2017. There were
dramatic demonstrations of just how
dangerous and vulnerable any and all
data placed on the Internet has
become.   

This article presents some simple

safety tips that can be employed by
the average user to minimize risks in
today's Cyber World. 

1.  Never open email with

suspicious Subject lines or email
attachments. And, never open an
email without absolute certainty that
it is from a verified address of a
known and trusted sender. Request
that email contacts always include a
subject line that makes it clear the
email is legitimate. Many people have
been inconvenienced when they
open an email from a trusted friend at
a familiar address with the subject
matter reading a friendly sounding

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Guarding Against The Monsters of the
Dark Web... and Other Cyber Dangers

Guarding Against The Monsters of the
Dark Web... and Other Cyber Dangers

DON'T DO IT... NEVER

click on the Update

option on such pop ups.

By Merle Windler, Thoroughbred Systems, Inc.