What is Swatting and Why Should You Care?

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!During this Cybersecurity Awareness Month, today's blog answers the question, "What is Swatting and Why Should You Care?"




What is it?
An attack centered around location sharing in which bad actors call the police claiming the victim has committed a crime…
 Bomb Threat
 Armed Intruder
 Violent Incident

Why should you care?
 Physical and immediate consequences
 Sometimes was intended merely as a prank
 Arrest and serious injury can result
 Reduce risk by sharing your location only with trusted individuals, and share vacation photos only after you’ve returned safely home

Tip - Your location is embedded as metadata in every picture you take with your
phone. Turn location services off when you aren’t using them to make it more difficult for bad actors to view this information.

We've created some great resources and articles on how to stay cybersafe.  Browse through our Weekly Video Tech Tips playlist, and past blogs to find out more.

See our last post on Cybercrime.  As always, feel free to give us a shout if you'd like assistance with ensuring the security of your business.

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