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Defending Against Cyber Threats This Holiday Season

Dec 20, 2023 | Cybersecurity

With the surge in technology and the changes in shopping habits, the Christmas and New Year season has seen an increasing number of people opting to do their gift shopping and other necessities online.

However, this convenience also comes with certain cybersecurity risks. During these holidays, there has been a noted increase in cyber threats, including identity theft, credit card fraud, and other online crimes.

Cyber Threats Lurking

Online Shopping Fraud

Irresistible offers and holiday discounts might seem appealing, but they can also be a trap. Cybercriminals often create fake sales websites that appear legitimate in order to trick people into giving their credit card details. It’s essential to verify the authenticity of websites before making any purchases.

Holiday Phishing and Email Scams

Fraudulent emails increase during the holiday season where cybercriminals send emails that appear to come from recognized companies or brands. Such emails often contain links that redirect to fraudulent websites designed to steal personal information.

Social Media Threats

Social media too is a target for scam artists. Fake promotions or giveaways are common during these times. Cybercriminals get users to provide their personal information under the promise of prizes or discounts.

Avoiding Cyber Threats

In the face of these risks, there are several steps users can take to protect themselves:

  • Check the authenticity of the websites. Check their web address (URL) and ensure it’s a secure site (https).
  • Never provide personal or financial information through an email, link, or message that you weren’t expecting.
  • Use internet security software and keep your devices updated.
  • Use strong passwords and change them regularly. Also, opt for two-step authentication whenever possible.
  • Be wary of offers that seem too good to be true because they probably are.

Remember, good cybersecurity practice is essential to keeping your information safe during the holiday season. Taking the time to verify every transaction and staying updated on the latest threats can help you enjoy a stress-free and safe online shopping season.

Finally, don’t forget that cybersecurity is a year-round commitment, not just during the holiday season. Securing your data and protecting your digital identity should always be a top priority.

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