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’
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.