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Cybersecurity Cartoons Protect You From Hackers And Identity Theft

Cybercrime is no laughing matter

– Curated by Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Oct. 30, 2020

Cybersecurity Ventures is excited to provide our readers with two new original cartoons every month.

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Gone Phishing

Email phishing initiates more than 90 percent of all cyberattacks, including ransomware infections. The distractions and frustrations stemming from working at the kitchen or dining room table can lead to poor judgment – even clicking just to get away from it all. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Job Scams

Fake jobs are advertised on Internet job boards, newspapers, TV, and radio. Unsuspecting candidates can be lured into a false sense of security when talking to (so-called) new employers. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Ransomware Refunds

IT teams may be overeager to prove themselves by attempting to negotiate money back as part of their incident response. But ransoms, which are paid out with cryptocurrency, are non-refundable. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Phishing Dummies

Do you know the difference between a phishing scam and a spear phishing attack? Spear phishing attacks try to fool people who work at particular businesses. Knowledge is power in the war against cybercrime. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Email Privacy

Does the HR department have the right to read your incoming and outgoing emails? And under what circumstances are they permitted to do so? For instance, after you resign, or when investigating a cybercrime. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Chinese Hackers

If you see a Panda Bear sitting at a computer in your office, then don’t think your eyes are playing tricks on you. If you observe any suspicious computing activity at your company, then tell management about it. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Romance Scams

Loneliness can be very expensive if your way out of it is a new flame on social media. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), romance scams result in greater financial losses to victims when compared to other online crimes. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Phishing Boat

What do fishermen and phishermen have in common? Bait. When it comes to phishing scams, hackers are very creative. What will you click on? Be wary of email subject lines containing FedEx, LinkedIn, Password Reset, COVID-19, and your bank. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Coffee Hack

Beware of smart kitchen appliances. An internet-enabled coffee maker can be hacked and turned into a ransomware tool. One researcher set up malicious software that made a coffee maker do unexpected and potentially dangerous things. He made the burner overheat, potentially starting a fire. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Cybersecurity Budgets

The world will spend $1 trillion on cybersecurity products and services between 2017 and 2021. Cybercrime can be a real pain in the wallet. But it is way costlier when you are cleaning up after the breach. Organizations can not afford to be penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to cybersecurity. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

K-12 Cyber Safety

Ransomware attacks are being launched on a growing number of U.S. school districts. There’s no time like the present for a family talk about cybersecurity to help protect Justin’s homework from being hacked. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Ransomware Costs

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts global ransomware damage costs will reach $20 billion by 2021 — which is 57X more than it was in 2015. A business or consumer will be the victim of a ransomware attack every 5 seconds by 2021. This makes ransomware the fastest growing type of cybercrime. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Email Security

The world sends and receives hundreds of billions of emails per year and there’s no end in sight. Social media is an add-on to our personal and business messaging habit, not a replacement. It’s no surprise then that email phishing scams initiate as many as 90 percent of all cyberattacks. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Identity Theft

Hacks on email accounts are one of the fastest-growing cybercrimes. There’s a good chance multi-factor authentication (MFA), also known as 2-step verification (2FA), is turned off in your email app. If you keep MFA turned off, then you may wind up on the wrong side of law enforcement. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

Hacking Cryptocurrency

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that by 2021 more than 70 percent of all cryptocurrency transactions annually will be for illegal activity, up from previous estimates ranging anywhere from 20 percent (of the 5 major cryptocurrencies) to nearly 50 percent (of Bitcoin) in 2017. Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

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Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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