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Tips for identifying and reporting a phishing attempt

Phishing attempts and attacks are incredibly common forms of social engineering, used to target people in the form of malicious emails or messages. These attempts are becoming more sophisticated and polished and are on the rise as more people work remotely. Here are steps to identify and report phishing attacks.

Working from home on personal devices

For safe and effective account management on your personal devices while working from home, follow these top five tips.

Cyber threats on the rise for health care and research

The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has been monitoring an increase in targeted attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic and has published curated advice and guidelines for targeted institutions and IT professionals.

Take 5 minutes to improve your online safety

Security Planner is an easy-to-use guide that outlines how to stay safe online. Answering three simple questions will generate a personalized list of recommendations with step-by-step instructions based on your specific concerns and environment.

Block known malicious sites from home

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced a new security service to protect individual Canadians from accessing malware sites. It’s called Canadian Shield and it provides three levels of protection: ‘private’, ‘protected’ and ‘family’, by filtering DNS queries. User friendly instructions are provided to set up a full range of devices and there is ...

Protect your network

Almost every home network starts with a wireless network. This means securing your wireless network is a key part of protecting your home. We recommend the following steps to secure it...

Protect your passwords

Create strong passwords — the more characters it has, the stronger it is. Using a passphrase is one of the simplest ways to ensure that you have a strong password. A passphrase is nothing more than a password made up of multiple words, such as “beehoneybourbon."

Remote Security Concerns

We know that working from home is different — perhaps overwhelming — as you adjust to your new environment. Below are some simple, effective steps to working securely and creating a cybersecure home for you and your family.

Protect yourself against malware

Cyber attackers are constantly looking for new vulnerabilities in the software your devices use. When they discover vulnerabilities, they use special programs to exploit them and hack into the devices you are using. Meanwhile, the companies that created the software are hard at work fixing them by releasing updates.

Protect yourself against personalized attacks

During this time of change and confusion, personalized cyber attacks are more common and have a greater success rate. Here are some tips and resources to help you stay safe when working remotely...