It is the holiday season, a key time for cybercrime. During this time of year, a growing number of internet users are shopping online, through mobile and social networks. Whilst it is extremely convenient, it can be just as risky. Cyber criminals will try to trick you into revealing personal or financial data or try to deliver malware to your device.
Stay safe this season with the following Cyber Security Tips
- Don’t click on suspicious links or attachments
- Never reply to suspicious messages
- Do not share your passwords
- Don’t use unsecured wireless networks
- Always be sure to use secure and reputable sites
- Don’t download apps from unknown sources
- Use a secure method of payment and research the seller
- Check that the website has a security padlock in the address bar while shopping online and don’t proceed if you receive any certificate errors
- If anything causes you to become suspicious, refrain from giving out your details
- Be aware of bogus charities which can be set up to take advantage of your generosity
- Be aware of scam prize draws and ‘like and share’ promotions
- Watch out for malicious e-cards that can contain spyware or malware
- Never directly transfer funds, even if it’s ‘low stock’ or the ‘only way to guarantee delivery’
- Regularly verify your list of banking transactions
- Watch out for fake customer reviews
- Remember, some offers really are too good to be true!
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