Cybercriminals, just as computer users in general, have a wide range of sophistication and effort in their attacks, noted speakers at the World Affairs Council of St. Louis’s session, “Cyber Security and You” presented May 23. Speakers Rob Rudloff of RubinBrown’s cybersecurity group, and Matt Flinner of the Better Business Bureau, offered perspective on the nature of the attackers as well as protective strategies.
“We’re finding attacks are mostly coming from four countries, Russia, Romania, Jamaica, and France,” Rudloff said.
- Both speakers agreed that threats are constant and their greatest chance of success is when people don’t take appropriate precautions. Using weak or obvious passwords, opening emails and attachments without some skepticism, failing to check links for unusual URLs (or country codes such as ca for China), and not protecting key information can open people up to cybertheft.Suggestions include:
- using a password manager, such as LastPass,
- only using a credit card, not debit card, for transactions,
- keeping a close eye on your credit score and bank statements
- avoiding quizzes online
- don’t follow links from emails but go to the website for the company itself
- don’t post on social media that you will be out of town, or provide details that can help criminals guess your passwords
- use different passwords for each online activity