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Unmasking the cybersecurity ghouls of the digital realm

October is known as “Spooky Season” for the obvious reasons—creepy costumes, haunted houses, scary movies, etc. But did you know it’s also Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

The digital realm is filled with its own ghouls and monsters, and they can be vicious. In this article, we will explore some ever-present cybersecurity threats and how you can protect yourself (and your organization) from them!

Phishing Pumpkins

Imagine a world where malicious hackers disguise themselves as friendly pumpkins, waiting to trick you into revealing sensitive information about yourself or your employer. Just as you wouldn’t trust a stranger in a creepy mask on Halloween, don’t trust suspicious emails or links. Learn how to spot phishing attempts and keep your online identity safe.

Haunted Wi-Fi Hotspots

Picture a haunted house with flickering lights and strange sounds. Like a haunted house, public Wi-Fi networks can be full of .

Allowing guest Wi-Fi access can also expose a business to security threats. One way to improve business Wi-Fi security is by offering visitors a secure guest network, which creates a barrier between your company’s primary network and security threats like malware and spyware that could otherwise spread to more computers in your network. Among other antivirus protection and monitoring features, TDS Internet Security is a service enhancement that includes a virtual private network (VPN), which encrypts all traffic being sent through public Wi-Fi.

TDS Wi-Fi+ for Business allows you to set up guest networks, control access, and manage your network from the app. The mesh technology also comes with two access points for superior coverage and efficiency.

Ghostly Passwords

Ghostly passwords haunt the digital realm, waiting for someone to crack their code. Strong passwords, on the other hand, are long, random, unique, and include all four-character types (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols). Password managers are a powerful tool to help you create strong passwords and ward off cyber-specters.

Zombie Social Media Accounts

Just like zombies who rise from the dead, old social media accounts can come back to bite you if they aren’t properly buried. Forgotten social media accounts may be compromised without being noticed. Hackers can leverage these by identifying recurring passwords across different accounts, or by accessing other accounts linked to the social media profile—like your email and banking information.

MFA: a spooktacular defense

Multifactor Authentication (MFA) is a magical shield to help ward off online threats. You need more than a password to protect your online accounts, and enabling MFA is an added layer of protection from hackers. Enable MFA on all your online accounts that offer it—especially email, social media, and your financial accounts.


About Garrett Seymour

Garrett works on the Corporate Communications team as a Brand Journalist. On a day-to-day basis, he helps tell TDS’ story through a variety of multimedia tools on various online venues. In May of 2020, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Journalism School with a degree in Strategic Communications. He also has a passion for emerging communication methods and received a certificate in Digital Studies. Originally hired as a Corporate Communications Intern in college, Garrett is thrilled to be a part of TDS’ diverse and inclusive company culture.
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