Quick Tip: Be wary and alert while shopping online.
Why: It's Holiday Season for the bad guys too, but not the way you might think. Cybercriminals go into scam-overdrive mode and plan on getting rich with your money. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are known for being the busiest online shopping days, but we bet you still have a lot of online shopping left to do.
Here are this year's Top 10 Holiday Cybersecurity Alert Tips:
- Keep all devices in the office and at home up to date with basic security measures to lessen your chance of becoming the victim.
- Only connect to known Wi-Fi networks; beware of network names that have typos or extra characters.
- Use strong, unique passwords for all accounts. This is a good time to update passwords!
- Be safe on all social media—don't overshare and take the time to review your privacy settings on the platforms you use.
- Keep an eye on your bank accounts and monitor your credit report regularly.
- Be careful with messages regarding shipping changes. Always use retailers’ official websites to stay updated.
- Watch out for holiday e-greeting cards that may not be from the sender you think! Don't open these unless you're certain you can trust who they came from.
- Keep devices in view (or know where they are) throughout the course of all holiday travel.
- Pay close attention to the websites you visit and shop on. It's safest to only use those you trust.
- Be wary of ads, giveaways, and contests that seem too good to be true. These run rampant during the holiday season!