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Department of Homeland Security Asks for Vigilance with Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security is warning of Iran's ability to carry out cyberattacks. The Department of Homeland Security is warning of Iran's ability to carry out cyberattacks. | 

Brandon Weathers
Updated: January 06, 2020 06:23 PM

The Department of Homeland Security is warning of Iran's ability to carry out cyberattacks. We live in a connected world, and a cyberattack on an individual can lead to a hacker gaining access to critical infrastructure.

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Lake Superior College Center for Cybersecurity director Vickie Mclain said that as tensions between the U.S. and Iran grow, it's more important than ever that we as citizens are vigilant with our personal cybersecurity.

"Everybody needs to watch their own resources because your computer is connected to a network somewhere, that network is connected to another network, and so on and so forth. We're all connected to the internet. So if we can just start making individual computers secure, that'll be one less hole in our giant wall of insecurity that we have," Mclain said.

Mclain offered several tips to securing personal devices. The simplest safeguard is to make sure you're changing passwords regularly.

The go-to way for a hacker to get information is phishing, so it's important to know what you're clicking on in an e-mail. All it can take is one click for a hacker to gain access to your computer networks. This can allow an attacker to lock you out of your account and spread through other networks.

Mclain said, “I never click on a link in an email. If you think it’s from a legitimate person, because a lot of them actually are from legitimate people, then hold your mouse over the link and then type whatever it said in the link into the browser yourself.”

Another good practice is making sure you have appropriate backups. This will allow you to keep information even if you have to ditch a device due to a cyberattack.

Mclain said that these are things that have always been important to cyber safety, but as foreign tensions grow, they're especially important to remember.

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