As many gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, there are cyber criminals that are taking every opportunity to take advantage of you. Below are a few tips we’d like to share with you to better protect yourself this holiday season.
- Suspicious (Phishing) Email Attacks – Be suspicious of any unsolicited email, especially those with attachments and that ask for sensitive information. If you are unsure, visit the company or organization’s website directly and use the contact information posted there to contact someone that can assist you. Do not trust the contact information within the potential phishing email itself. Examples include: E-cards, Travel Itineraries, Coupons or Advertisements, Delivery Receipts or Error Notices.
- Unsolicited Texts and Social Media Posts Links – Avoid clicking on links in text messages or social media posts, as it is hard to tell where they actually will lead you.
- Protect Credit Card Information – Use a pre-paid credit card or gift card to limit the potential data compromise or amount that a thief can obtain if they steal your card data. This can also be useful for online transactions.
For additional information on these tips and to find out more about how to avoid being caught in a phishing attack, please use the resources below.