We’re rounding out 2022 with our last installment on the rSolutions blog – let’s talk about The 12 Threats of Christmas.
Cybercriminals ramp up activity over the holidays. With more and more people shopping online, it’s the most wonderful time of the year for getting scammed. Here are just some of the ways you can protect your joy this season.
1. Strong Passwords
We can’t stress this enough: a strong password is critical when accessing and using your information online, whether it’s personal or financial. Any site that stores your password makes you vulnerable, so be sure to make a strong one.
2. Credit cards
Online shopping is the new holiday go-to. Get smart about using verified sites. Don’t overshare your information, and don’t forget to check your statements. Sometimes there are unexpected surprises after the holidays, too.
All those holiday photos you take of your families and friends, at parties and in front of the tree this season are at risk if you are the victim of ransomware. Save your photos in a safe online environment, and not just on your personal devices.
Emails that seek information that you normally wouldn’t offer to just anyone are rampant during the holiday season. Don’t fall for it. Verified shopping sites will never ask for personal information like your SIN number and your mother’s maiden name.
5. Scam texts
Phones aren’t immune! If you don’t recognize the number asking you to click the link – don’t.
6. Email scams
Get ready for loads and load of emails advertising deals and savings if you’ll only just hand over that information. Do you know the sender? Or, do you know them and something about that email just seems – off? Be caution. It could be a scam.
7. Identity theft
Your online information makes you vulnerable to identity theft. How can you protect yourself? Cautious online movement. Physical safety of payment methods and documents that contain your personal and family information and history. Be vigilant.
Did you get an email offer from Amazoon.ca? Ebae.com? It’s probably not legit. Hover over the sender’s name with your mouse. If you don’t recognize it, don’t accept it.
9. Anti-virus saves the day
Be proactive. Don’t leave your information available to be stolen; protect yourself with anti-virus and malware software. Be vigilant and keep it up-to-date.
10. Safe Wi-fi
Shopping online in public? Be cautious about where you’re sitting while you shop. Is it a known shop with a recognized safe wi-fi? If you have doubts, it might be best to just wait until you know you’re in a safe zone.
11. Phone v. Card
If you’re out shopping in public in a brick-and-mortar store, use a know safe payment methods like Apple Pay or Google Pay. Did you know that they are actually safer than credit cards?
12. Targeted ads
Weird, right? You laughed about crocs with your friends, and now your targeted ads are all plastic footwear? Before you follow that ad to the purchase site, think about it: do you really want those weird tan lines next summer, and, should you follow that link? It might not be the real deal.
We wish you the best, the most beautiful time with your family and friends, and a safe season online. Fill your stockings with joy! Happy holidays from the rSolutions team. We’ll see you in the New Year!
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