Wyo Gives is one annual day of giving for Wyoming nonprofit organizations. This year it is July 14 and we encourage you to participate.
Please consider donating to the CyberWyoming Alliance on July 14
The CyberWyoming Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit that focuses on education, outreach and awareness.
Today, we spoke at a Rotary club and it wasn’t the normal tech talk. Instead, we talked about how hacker’s use psychology to ‘get you’ and how self awareness of your own personality traits can help you avoid being scammed.
For instance, if you can’t resist that candy bar, pack of gum, or magazine at the checkout stand then you may be a little impulsive online, which makes you a higher risk according to Dr. Erik Huffman, Cyberpsychology Researcher.
Impulsiveness makes sense!
But what about other traits like being productive, agreeable or conscientious? All of those are also higher risk factors online according to Dr. Huffman.
So what do you do?
Read every email in a vampire voice!
“I want to suck your blood”
Think about those words when you read them. Do they sound like a vampire? Does it feel less trustworthy?
When you read email, you read it in your own voice. But for your online persona, put on your vampire voice and cultivate your own skepticism.
Help the CyberWyoming Alliance provide fun tips like these to Wyomingites, along with our other programs like the Senior Flyers, Cyber-in-a-Box, and the weekly Hacker’s Brief.
A little bit of knowledge and education can go a long with when ensuring you are safe online AND avoiding vampires.