In case you didn't take notes, our speaker, Gary Phillips, provided his top 10 take-away messages from the talk. 

  1. Use complex passwords that combine words, numbers and symbols in a way that's only memorable to you. Never re-use passwords, and consider storing them in a password vault like LastPass so they can be easily retrieved.
  2. Don’t be manipulated when a known or unknown person makes an online request. Most unexpected requests are made by people who are not who they claim to be, and are simply trying to obtain your identity and money.
  3. Review your privacy settings on Facebook and other social networking sites to assure your account hasn't been duplicated and your information isn't being used for "social engineering."
  4. Shred all paperwork containing personally identifiable information.
  5. Dispose of electronic media with caution. Flash memory devices should be thoroughly erased; CDs and DVDs should be shredded; and magnetic storage media should be degaussed, shredded or smelted. When in doubt, drill holes in storage media.
  6. Monitor your credit through online services like CreditKarma to avoid any surprises.
  7. Cover your computer’s cameras and microphones to assure privacy, even when it is turned off.
  8. Perform regular backups to protect your information from device failures and ransomeware.
  9. Enable automatic updates on your computers to assure your software is current and know vulnerabilities are patched.
  10. Be wary of thumb drives that could contain malware. 
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