FYI...Stop. Think. Connect.
.. National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 4, 2010 - "... Stop. Think. Connect. Think of it as the 21st century equivalent of looking both ways before crossing the street. In my case, theyíre preaching to the choir. For years, Iíve advocated that people treat everything they see online critically, and to scrutinize information before acting on it. Thatís because the army of criminals who commit fraud and theft over the Internet on a daily basis rely on you to not stop, not think, and to click links or open files immediately, without regard to the consequences of your actions
. Thatís how most people infect themselves. If you stop and think before you connect, you can prevent most of these infections yourself, simply by exercising a little restraint. Itís hard to think of a major cybercrime outbreak over the past year that hasnít relied, to some extent, on the naivete of its targets. Security professionals call these tricks ďsocial engineering,Ē but thatís just a geeky term for criminal skullduggery
thatís as common offline as online. The ruse almost always tries to invoke an adrenaline-fueled need for an immediate response ó usually out of fear, greed, or panic ó on the part of a victim. The victim ends up in a mental state where they are likely to make rash, impulsive decisions. And they do. Putting the brakes on social engineering tricks usually takes all the steam out of them..."