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Securing the Human. Presented by Thomas Nee, Computer Coordinator Town of Hanover, Massachusetts. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month!. The Internet. Knowledge Is Power. The Internet is the most powerful tool in human history. Use it! Wisely!

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Securing the human


Presented by thomas nee computer coordinator town of hanover massachusetts

Presented byThomas Nee, Computer CoordinatorTown of Hanover, Massachusetts

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month!

The internet

The Internet

  • Knowledge Is Power.

  • The Internet is the most powerful tool in human history.

  • Use it! Wisely!

  • Don’t be assimilated into a BotNet.

Security threats

Security Threats

  • 3 New Malware Versions Released Every Second!

  • Zero-Day Threats

  • Known, Unpatched Vulnerabilities

  • Unapplied Security Patches

Protection against security threats

Protection AgainstSecurity Threats

  • Anti-Virus Updated Daily (Security Gateway and Computers).

  • Operating System Updated Monthly.

  • Other Security Patches Less Often

  • Long, Complex, Frequently-Changed Passwords.



  • Microsoft Update (Windows Update if Microsoft Office not installed)

  • Adobe Reader

  • Adobe Flash

  • Java (manual updates by administrator)

Reject optional add ons

Reject Optional Add-Ons


Good habit slow down

Good Habit: Slow Down

  • Hover over links.

  • Press and hold link on a smartphone.

  • Do NOT click unless you know where the link goes.

  • Visit mainstream sites only.

Domains at a glance

Domains At A Glance

  • Destination determined Right-To-Left between “http://” and next “/”

  • Examples: (Goes to Iran!) (could be hosted in US or elsewhere)

  • See List of Country Codes:

Attack vectors

Attack Vectors

  • Surfing; Drive-By Downloads.

  • Spam, Spam, Spam.

  • Infected computers and programs on network.

  • Flash Drives



  • Phishing – generic, widely distributed spam.

  • Spear-Phishing – personal information included. Do not succumb to emotion!

  • Use browser bookmarks/favorites whenever possible instead of links in email messages.

  • Slow Down. Use caution opening attachments.

Recommended options

Recommended Options

  • McAfee’s SiteAdvisor Browser Toolbar

  • Norton’sSafeWeb Website (save as Favorite/Bookmark)

  • Norton’s Browser Toolbar (packaged with Norton Identity Safe)

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