10 Tips for a Safe Online Holiday Season
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Holidays are supposed to be a time for good tidings and good cheer. But hackers and hucksters don't take breaks. eSecurity Planet offers 10 online security tips to ensure you and your data enjoy a safe holiday season.
Cyber-safety shouldnt take a break when heading home for the holidays. Between free time, new toys, and family travel, year-end festivities pose plenty of opportunity for on-line compromise. So stay safe this holiday season by avoiding our these ten pitfalls.
10) Malicious seasons greetings
December often brings an influx of e-mail greetings from distant family and friends, inviting recipients to click here to view an e-card, video, or animation. Alas, not all such messages are sincere. While some are harmless hoax-mails, cyber-criminals have been known to disguise viruses and spyware as phony seasons greetings. So dont let holiday spirit trump common sense; open all file attachments and URLs with care.
9) Phishing for friends
From Facebook to Twitter, many users will use holiday down time to catch up on social networking. Unfortunately, social networking sites have become a fast-growing vector for phishing -- especially targeted phishing attacks. Was that friend invitation really sent by your old colleague Joe? Think twice before clicking and never ever give out personal data to new friends that you dont really know.
8) Wayward laptops