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White House offers cybersecurity tips amid Russian cyberattack threats

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As the war between Russia and Ukraine escalates, there’s growing concern the conflict could enter a new front aimed at American computer systems. While Russia could be aiming to hit American government departments and critical infrastructure, experts said the growing threat may create a domino effect that could impact average Americans.

Here are three steps consumers can take to beef up their cyber security:

  • Think before clicking, staying on high alert for suspicious emails, robocalls or fraudulent links.
  • Use strong passwords, and consider changing and using a secure manager to store every password.
  • Update software, making sure the software for operating systems, browsers and apps are all up to date.

Experts also recommend backing up important files to an external drive or having them automatically backed up with a cloud-based service.

RUSSIA IS GOING ON THE OFFENSE WITH CYBERATTACKS AND THE U.S. SAYS IT’S READY TO HIT EM BACK

“IF RUSSIA PURSUES CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUC.. – WE ARE PREPARED TO RESPOND”
IT COULD GET DIRTY BUT THERE’S ALSO ANOTHER OPTION: CYBER DEFENSEAS THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFS COMPANIES ON HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES – HERE’S 3 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO KEEP YOURSELF CYBER SAFE1. THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK – MORE THAN 90% OF SUCCESSFUL CYBER ATTACKS START WITH A PHISHING EMAILIF YOU GET A LINK THAT LOOKS OFF OR SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE – TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS 2. USE STRONG PASSWORDS. PREFERABLY WITH SPECIAL CHARACTERS AND NUMBERS.  IT’LL MAKE IT HARDER FOR HACKERS TO USE SIMPLE DICTIONARY DATABASES TO CRACK IT.LAST BUT NOT LEAST – UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES. IT’S EASIER FOR CYBERCRIMINALS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUTDATED SYSTEMS – AUTOMATIC UPDATES WILL GET YOU THE LATEST FIXES AND MAKE IT HARDER FOR HACKERS TO EXPLOIT SECURITY FLAWS –

THEY’LL KEEP TRYING BUT YOU CAN BE AHEAD OF THE GAMEHEY NOW THAT YOU’VE WATCHED OUR THREE-PART SERIES – DO YOU THINK CYBER WARFARE IS THE FUTURE? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW

As the war between Russia and Ukraine escalates, there’s growing concern the conflict could enter a new front aimed at American computer systems. While Russia could be aiming to hit American government departments and critical infrastructure, experts said the growing threat may create a domino effect that could impact average Americans.

Here are three steps consumers can take to beef up their cyber security:

  • Think before clicking, staying on high alert for suspicious emails, robocalls or fraudulent links.
  • Use strong passwords, and consider changing and using a secure manager to store every password.
  • Update software, making sure the software for operating systems, browsers and apps are all up to date.

Experts also recommend backing up important files to an external drive or having them automatically backed up with a cloud-based service.

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