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Online Shopping Safety Tips for the Holidays

Part One of our Cyber Holiday Safety Series focuses on protecting your information while online shopping. Phishing emails focused on fake deals and last minute sales heavily increase this time of year.

For Part Two, Employee Safety Tips, Click Here!

As the holiday season comes into full swing, it’s important to be on the lookout for cybercriminals.  With increased spending, planning, and traveling this time of year, it is easy to get caught off guard and fall for a malicious email.

Shopping Safety Tips

Online shopping sales dramatically increase this time of year, and hackers will try to trick shoppers with various forms of phishing emails and fake web pages.

Here’s a few tips to shop safe this year:

  • Always be careful when it comes to links in text messages, emails, and websites. Even if the email seems to be from a legitimate source, it can easily be a malicious impostor. 

  • Enable Two Factor Authentication where possible. If a cybercriminal obtains your account credentials, Two Factor Authentication may be not only a fail-safe to protect your account, but also an alert system that your account has been compromised.

  • Be mindful of how much personal information you give away. It’s normal to inquire about why you have to give sensitive information to a company if it may not relate to what your are purchasing.

  • Use complex passwords! A strong, complex, and unique password may protect your account in the event of “brute force” or “credential stuffing” attacks.

  • Keep all of your devices and applications up-to-date on the latest stable update. Many application vulnerabilities are exploited this time of year and updating your software may protect your devices.

  • Lastly, if something doesn’t seem right please do not hesitate to contact your IT Professional. Being overly cautious may just protect your data! 

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