David Dufour: November 27, 2017

HOW TO ENSURE THAT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION STAYS PERSONAL THIS HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON 

HACKERS MIGHT BE GETTING SMARTER BUT SO ARE WE;

TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CYBER CRIMINALS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON 

David Dufour

Vice President Engineering and Cybersecurity, Webroot; Cybersecurity Expert

 

 

With so many high profile cyber-attacks in the news this year, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant in keeping our personal information private. Cyber Monday is the most anticipated shopping day of the holiday shopping season, with 72% of consumers consistently more excited for Cyber Monday than any other end-of-year sales day, including Black Friday and the day after Christmas, according to a study by retail analytics firm Euclid. Unfortunately Cybercriminals are responding by ramping up their efforts to attack the millions of Americans who are taking advantage of Cyber Monday deals.

Most of us are already familiar with the basics – creating unique and different passwords for each of our accounts, how to recognize a secure website, and regularly monitoring credit card statements to keep an eye out for fraudulent activity. Yet, as cyber criminals become more sophisticated, the list of things consumers need to do to say vigilant becomes longer. On November 27, computer security expert David Dufour will share his top tips on keeping your personal information personal this holiday season and beyond.

In this segment, David will discuss the following:

  • Hover before you click! Links from unknown senders could lead you to a malicious website. Be sure to hover over links before clicking or better yet, type in links directly into your browser.
  • It might be tempting, but do not use public Wi-Fi networks. Use your cellular connection instead. (It’s easier for cybercriminals to get onto your device if you are on an unsecured network)
  • Credit card > Debit Card – A cybercriminal can easily drain your bank account if they get ahold of your debit card, but you can fight fraudulent charges on your credit card.
  • Turn off your Bluetooth when not in use. Bluejacking, bluesnarfing, and bluebugging are three ways that a hacker could attack you through your Bluetooth.
  • Ransomware attacks are gaining in popularity. Don’t forget to regularly backup your data and use an antivirus solution.

 

For more information please visit: www.Webroot.com

 

MORE ABOUT DAVID DUFOUR:

David Dufour is a cyber security expert, helping keep people safe from a variety of cyber threats including phishing, ransomware, and IoT-related malware.  He is Vice President of Engineering and Cybersecurity at Webroot, a leader in next-generation endpoint security and cloud-based threat intelligence. Mr. Dufour has provided expert analysis and testimony in legal cases ranging from software product development and acquisition to embedded systems design and implementation. He possesses the ability to succinctly articulate complex ideas to a broader audience, which is crucial to providing context, depth, and understanding to all parties in legal cases. Mr. Dufour enjoys speaking at dozens of events across the globe to encourage cyber threat leaders to move the industry to a more automated, predictive state. Mr. Dufour is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he supported the World Wide Military Command and Control System. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Regis University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  In his free time, David enjoys an active Colorado lifestyle including running and snowboarding.

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