Few songwriters have enjoyed hits with two songs about the same character. However, Johnny Marks did. He wrote “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” a 1949 hit for Gene Autry as well as “Run Rudolph Run” a 1958 hit for Chuck Berry. Both were based on the fabled reindeer created for Montgomery Ward in 1939.

Rudolph suggests you avoid the “reindeer games” that hackers use in phishing emails sent to scam you out of your data and financial resources. His top-three tips to keep your technology nose clean and bright are:

  • Watch the Web Address: Misspelled or odd words, or extra letters at the end of a URL signal that this email came from someone on Santa’s naughty list.
  • Shop Secure Sites: The most secure sites have the “https:” prefix indicating all communications between your browser and the site are encrypted.
  • Trust your Nose: Rudolph did! If it looks funny or smells funny, do not click!

Run, Run Rudolph…keep those hackers out of town.

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First published in our December 2018 IT Radix Resource newsletter