7 Tips on How to Stay Safe from Cyber Attacks this Holiday Season

The holiday season may be time to take a breather and enjoy time with your family, but that doesn’t stop cyber-attackers from sending suspicious emails and creating fake websites to try and scam you. Now more than ever, people around the world are doing their holiday shopping. “The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards a more digital world” said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi. So how do you protect your personal information while you’re online shopping? Keep on reading!

Before downloading something, opening a link, purchasing something on a website, always make sure to read into where you are going or what you are buying. Here are some ways that you can protect yourself from cyber-attacks, especially during the peak of the holiday season:

  1. Protect your passwords 
  2. Make sure all malware is updated 
  3. Always check to see if a website is reliable 
  4. Think twice before clicking links and random emails 
  5. Secure your home Wi-Fi 
  6. Beware of seasonal scams 
  7. Always research what you are buying before purchasing an item 

We get it- cyber-attacks are annoying! They might have you spending more time researching the reliability of a company or website rather than spending time actually purchasing items. But taking the extra time to make sure you and your hardware are safe from malicious cyber-attacks will save you in the long run. Happy Shopping!

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