While there really is never a time to let down your guard, concerning cyber security, Kaspersky Labs claims that potentially the biggest open-season period for would-be phishers and other cyber-identity hacks is the holiday shopping season, starting with Black Friday. This conclusion is based on the overall rise in attacks during the holidays, which has proven significantly higher than other periods of the year. Given that more holiday shoppers will be getting their goods and services online than ever before, it’s important to remain alert and vigilant against cyber thieves and hackers. Don’t follow unknown links. Even if they come from a known source, they could be contaminated. Erase emails from unknown sources. Make sure your store site is secure and not a dummy. Always use unique and difficult passwords. Mobile users should take cyber security especially seriously, given that it’s estimated that more than fifty percent of sales will occur via a mobile device in the coming year. In recognition of the concern, one proactive step might be to use cellular data while shopping, despite the added expense. Installing a system that encrypts your data is a good idea as well.
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It’s Phishing Season: How to Protect Yourself on Black Friday and Beyond