Top Tips To Help Keep Your Family Cyber Safe During The Upcoming Festive Holiday Season
It may only be November, but the holiday season is just around the corner. Although a great time for family, friends, and fun, it’s no secret that the upcoming season can also be tough on our wallets. And, with all of the celebrations and get-togethers, it’s easy to let our guard down when it comes to cyber safety.
Here are our eight top quick tips to help keep your family safe and secure from pesky opportunistic cyber hackers during the festive season:
- Educate yourself and your family about cybersecurity risks. Be aware of the types of scams and attacks that are common during the holidays and know how to spot them. Take the time to get updated and educate your kids as best you can about cyber safety. Help them understand how to spot scams and phishing attempts.
- Shop smart online. When shopping online, only do so on websites that you trust. Look for the https:// in the URL and make sure there’s a padlock icon next to it. This means the site is secure and your information will be encrypted.
- Keep your devices updated. One of the best ways to protect your devices from malware and viruses is to keep them updated with the latest security patches. Make sure to set your devices to update automatically so you don’t even have to think about it. Simple, smart and effective 😊.
- Use strong passwords for all of your online accounts. Avoid using easy-to-guess passwords such as your birth date or mother’s maiden name. Instead, use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols to create a strong password that will be difficult for hackers to guess.
- Be cautious of links and attachments. It’s easy to click on something without thinking when we’re in a hurry or excited about something. But resist the urge! Be wary of any links or attachments in emails, even if they’re from someone you know. If you’re not expecting it, don’t click!
- Keep your social media accounts private. Don’t post any personal information on social media that could be used to steal your identity. This includes your full name, birth date, address, phone number, and email address.
- Be careful what you share online. Likewise, avoid sharing too much personal information on websites and in forums. Hackers can use this information to steal your identity
- Back up your data regularly. Make sure you regularly back up important files and data in case your device is lost or stolen, or if it becomes infected with malware. External hard drives or cloud storage services are both good options for backing up data.
Cybercriminals are crafty little things. Especially over the holidays when we tend to get swept up in the festivities and get a little carried away with online purchases. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves as experts in the cyber security field to keep you, our readers, aware of every scam, and every security measure possible so that we can work together to stop cyber scammers.
With the eight tips we shared in this article, you and your family should be able to stay cyber safe especially during the holidays but also, all year round. So, take a few minutes to review the tips and make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family safe online.
If you want to know more about other trending consumer scams, check out our 2022 Q3 Consumer Online Scam Report, stay tuned and watch this space for more vital info on the latest developing cyber security trends!
Thanks for reading and happy (upcoming) holidays!