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Social Media has clearly changed how we communicate and connect with one another. While there are a lot of legitimate criticisms of social media. It does allow us to make great connections with people who are not always physically present.
While we don’t want to discourage sharing with friends and loved ones, we do want to encourage avoiding oversharing on Social Media, as it can expose a user big time to a Spear Phishing Attack.
Spear Phishing is a hyper-targeted phishing attempt directed at a specific individual or company. Unlike bulk phishing attacks, spear phishing attackers gather and use personal information about their targets to improve the odds that the victim will fall for the scam. When a user over-shares information on Social Media, it makes it that much easier for cyber-criminals to target them.
Most people think that oversharing means sharing a phone number or address, but it’s much broader than that.
Here are three things that you can do to avoid being a victim of a Spear Phishing Attack:
It’s important to remember that many hackers aren’t targeting a device. They’re targeting THE USER as the vulnerability.
So, remember to stay diligent, maintain a level of skepticism, update social media security settings, and most importantly, THINK BEFORE POSTING!
These are the strongest defenses from becoming the next victim of a Spear Phishing Attack.
3 Ways to Get Your Life Back
When first starting out in my career, I had a meeting with an executive where I worked that completely revolutionized how I viewed things. While sitting in her office, I noticed a small picture frame on her desk that had a note with the words “eat lunch” on it. I asked her why she had that sign, and she responded by saying that she’d become too busy to eat lunch most days. This scene absolutely horrified me. Work is not supposed to suck the life out of you.
After this experience, I decided to never be in a similar situation, and I wanted to make an effort to ensure that other business leaders never felt like their work controlled every aspect of their lives. I developed three ways for business leaders to reclaim their lives. While doing each one will help in its own way, in order to truly get your life back, you need to do all three.
The first thing you need to do is make personal goals. We’re always setting new goals when it comes to our businesses, but we also need to have goals for our everyday lives. These goals must line up with what you want to do when you’re away from the office. I know of one CEO who set a goal to be at home when his teenager was off from school at least four days a week. Figure out what you want to accomplish at home or with your family, and make the necessary changes to ensure that reality.
Just setting goals might not be enough. You also need to schedule personal time. I called one of my colleagues recently, and when he answered, he asked a question about a diaper bag. I felt confused by this at first, but he clarified that he had taken the morning off to bring his family to the zoo since the kids returned to school the next day. Always leave time for yourself and your family. If somebody is trying to schedule your time over one of your personal commitments, tell them you are not available.
The final way to reclaim your personal life is the “delete, delegate, delay and do” method. When you first get a task, just don’t do it and delete it. If it’s too high of a priority, see if you can delegate it to someone else. If there’s nobody to delegate to, see if you can delay. If that’s not practical, then just do it.
If you follow these three tactics, you’ll see positive results in your personal and professional lives.
Dr. Geoff Smart is the chairman and founder of ghSMART, a leadership consulting firm that exists to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world. Dr. Smart and his firm have published multiple New York Times best-sellers. He stays active in his community and has advised many government officials.
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Do people actually fall for those scam phone calls?
Most people who have a phone would probably tell you that a significant portion of calls they receive are these pre-recorded messages telling you about urgent information about your student loan or the expiration of your car warranty or whatever other nonsense they are trying to peddle.
You’re probably quite annoyed by it, especially because you don’t even know how they got your number or why they keep calling you. Why do you keep getting these calls?
These criminals are just trying to cast a wide net.
It’s easy to make a phone call, especially with VOIP and web-based phones. Who cares if 99% of people hang up if you can catch just a few people falling for whatever scam you are running? It can still be tremendously profitable.
And yes…some people do fall for these things.
But sometimes they are calling to see how you respond, possibly to target you in the future, so be careful about engaging with these calls in the first place.