Did you know that the holiday season normally triggers a spike in cyber crime? This is because people are normally time poor, focussed on multiple things and tired from a long year which makes it easier to get caught out.

Our five online tips to keep you merry and ‘BRITE’

  1. Be wary of oversharing location when you’re not home: Be wary of the types of details you share online including which functions you are attending, your travel plans and anything else that lets people know when you’re not at home.
  2. Remember to shop at secure websites: Try to shop at big name ecommerce sites. If you do decide to shop at an unfamiliar website take the time to research the merchant before placing an order.
  3. Install software and system updates: Take the time to update your operating system and any software on your computer/device to protect against malware and viruses.
  4. Think before you open festive emails: Be careful opening festive season ecards or emails particularly when they are from anonymous senders or contain misspelt words or strange/vague subject lines. And do not blindly click on links without first verifying the sender.
  5. Ensure your device is password protected: It’s not uncommon for mobiles, tablets and wearable devices to go missing while people are celebrating. Protect your personal information by using a password on your device to ensure that if it does get lost your data remains confidential.