3 Holiday Cybersecurity Tips

The holiday season brings good cheer, yummy treats, time with family and friends, and unfortunately, heightened cyberattacks. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is important to be aware of how to best protect your business. Here are three holiday cybersecurity tips to keep in mind. 

Be Aware of Phishing Emails 

Cybercriminals will try to “phish” you a Merry Christmas. With the overload of holiday emails and promotions, it’s easy to fall into the trap of a phishing email that appears to be a “too good to be true” holiday deal. 

As a reminder, a phishing email is an email that is carefully crafted to look like a legitimate request from a real person. The goal of the email is to get you to give up important information so your attacker can easily hack you and take information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card information. Here are a few tips on how to best spot a phishing email. 

Be Wary of Public Wi-Fi 

Be especially careful when making purchases with your credit card on public WI-FI. If you are connected to a public WI-FI network like at an airport or coffee shop your private information like credit card information and passwords can be intercepted by a third party hacker on the same network. During the holiday season, it is important to show extra caution and always use a VPN when possible. Here are a few reasons why you need a VPN and how to choose one. 

Be Mindful of Activity on Your Accounts 

Lastly, monitor your accounts regularly. A few ways of doing this are to check your banking statements frequently to make sure that there’s no suspicious activity and use a clean machine to check your devices for malware and viruses.

To read more about how to celebrate the holidays with a secure wireless network, click here. If you run into cybersecurity problems and need additional help please feel free to reach out. We would love to provide assistance this holiday season! Call us at 678-578-4932.

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