Cyber Smarts






 
V.P. Credit Union is raising awareness through its new Cyber Smarts webpage and encouraging its membership to be vigilant with the protection of their personal financial data at all times.
 
Technology creates tremendous convenience and makes a number of things much more efficient in our daily lives today. However, it also presents many opportunities for sophisticated criminals to do us harm as well. The best way to combat these cybercrime risks is to educate ourselves as best we can and to be extremely mindful of how our personal data and financial information is used and communicated. VPCU has selected a number of articles that we recommend our membership review. We have categorized them accordingly and we shall be posting new article links periodically.



Topic #1: Phishing

Phishing is defined as the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
 
January 10th, 2019, Phishing Education – Source: Better Business Bureau
https://www.bbb.org/mbc/get-consumer-help/tips-directory/phishing/

September 16th, 2019, Smishing Explained - Source: Webroot Smarter Cyber Security

www.TinyURL.com/uxepd22 



Topic #2: Identity Theft

Identity Theft is defined as the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain.
 
January 10th, 2019, Identity Theft Education – Source: Better Business Bureau
https://www.bbb.org/mbc/get-consumer-help/tips-directory/identity-theft/
 
November 6th, 2018, Identity Theft Education – Source: Equifax Canada
https://www.consumer.equifax.ca/personal/education/identity/



Topic #3: Online Scams

Online Scam is a term used to describe any fraudulent business or scheme that takes money or other goods from an unsuspecting person.
 
September 21st, 2018, Phone Scams – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/cra-phone-tax-scam-marketplace-1.4830141

June 23rd, 2018, CRA Phone Scams - Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/i-feel-so-stupid-how-one-vancouver-man-fell-for-the-cra-scam-1.4719018
 
March 12th, 2018, Romance Scams – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/profile-of-an-online-love-scammer-1.4572498
 
November 14th, 2017, Top 10 Scams – Source: Better Business Bureau
https://www.bbb.org/mbc/programs-services/top-10-scams/top-10-scams-in-detail/

March 4th, 2015, Tech Support Scams - Canadian Broadcast Corporation
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/microsoft-tech-support-scammer-recorded-threatening-to-kill-b-c-man-1.2980453


Topic #4: Cyber Security Overview
 
These selected articles are more general in nature and focus on how businesses are tackling the cyber security challenges of today.
 
July 11th, 2019, Computer Safety Tips – Source: Canadian Credit Union Association
https://cybersafe.ccua.com/pdfs/stop_think_connect.pdf

January 16th, 2019, Cyber thieves – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cyber-thieves-make-off-with-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-in-attack-targeting-coast-capital-savings-1.4977944 

November 22nd, 2018, Cyber attacks – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canadian-banks-cybersecurity-1.4916219  

March 18th, 2018, Password Security – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-march-18-2018-1.4579165/how-to-create-unique-passwords-you-won-t-have-to-memorize-1.4579765