OUCH! Security Awareness Newsletter

The folks over at the SANS Institute , as part of their Securing the Human project, have a free monthly newsletter on security awareness, called OUCH!.  It is aimed at computer users in general, not just security geeks, and is written in plain language — in fact, in twelve of them.

OUCH! is the world’s leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for the common computer user. Published every month and in multiple languages, each edition is carefully researched and developed by the SANS Securing The Human team, SANS instructor subject matter experts and team members of the community. Each issue focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization.

This month’s issue,. for example, focuses on “Securing your WiFI Network”, and covers:

  • Administration
  • Your Network Name
  • Encryption & Authentication
  • OpenDNS

Previous issues have covered “Browser Security and Privacy”, “Backup and Recovery”, and “Social Networking Safety”.   There is a complete archive of past issues on the site.

The newsletter is presented as a PDF document, so you can easily download it if you wish.  It is published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 license, which allows you to copy it without alterations, as long as you credit the source and do not distribute it for commercial purposes.  (Obviously, if this is of any concern, you should consult the terms of the actual license, and perhaps your attorney.)

This is a good free resource, especially for small organizations and home users.

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