Secure IT! Play Hard to Get with Strangers!

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2019, by Laura Baker Co-Founder CyberWyoming

A good friend of mine says “always read emails with a bad foreign accent.” Why? Because it makes you automatically suspicious of the requests in the email. Dr. Erik Huffman, Cyberpsychologist, says that we read emails in our own voice. Who is more trustworthy than me, myself and I?

When talking to someone in person, stranger danger is a real biological response when you feel someone is untrustworthy. We are at a biological disadvantage when communicating via email, which is Dr. Huffman’s area of study.

Dr. Huffman will be speaking at the Wyoming Cybersecurity Symposium on October 23 in Cheyenne. If you want to register for the conference, go to

Phishing or email scams have become pretty sophisticated. The bad actors research writing styles, contacts, and events in social media then send an email from a ‘real’ looking email address. This is called spoofing.

What should we do in Wyoming? Call our business associate or co-worker and make sure that the request is real. Remember, we are a small community with long streets, right? Just call.

Here’s are tips from the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. #BeCyberSmart #CyberAware

  • Cybercriminals cast wide nets with #phishing tactics, hoping to drag in victims. They may offer a financial reward, threaten you if you don’t engage, or claim that someone is in need of help.
  • Play Hard to Get with Strangers: If you’re unsure who an email is from—even if the details appear accurate—do not respond, and do not click on any links or attachments.
  • #BeCyberSmart Tips for Spotting a Phish: 1) They offer financial reward, threaten you or claim to need help. 2) They ask for your personal info. 3) They want you to download a file or click on a link.
  • Can you spot a #phish? @Google’s free phishing quiz will test your ability to spot a fake.


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