Monday 4th December 2023
Writer: Gennaro Migliaccio, Contributor: Giuseppe Damiano, Editor: Daniela Miccardi
Whilst Cyber Security is crucial all year round, it is especially important to stay safe during the festive period.
Cyber criminals take advantage of increased online browsing & shopping activity and social interactions.
Below are some top tips to help you and your business stay secure during this eventful time of the year.
Let’s face it, Phishing attacks are still one of the leading ways of becoming compromised. Whilst most phishing attacks are delivered via email, there has been a noticeable increase in phishing messages sent via SMS (Smishing).
With these types of attacks, the malicious actor pretends to be a legitimate source, typically with the goal of getting you or your users to open a malicious attachment, or click on a link to a malicious site, which silently installs malware or grab sensitive information such as Usernames, Passwords, Card Details, etc.
Phishing attacks are designed to trick you and take advantage of your human nature. Typically, they convey a sense of urgency to act on the request within the message and get you to click on a link to install a payload or provide details.
Examples of these attacks we’ve come across during past festive period are:
The key thing is to be cautious with any email or text message that you receive.
Anything that asks for personal information should be avoided. Messages that incite urgency are typically malicious and should be approached with suspicion
Top Tips to Staying Safe in the Festive Period:
It’s very easy for the festive period to be ruined by cyber criminals. Don’t make it easier for them.
The right amount of diligence and time applied on security can make a huge difference.
Whilst the above is by no means an exhaustive list, it should outline key considerations that all users should bear in mind to ensure the attack surface remains to be small as possible.
My biggest piece of advice is: always make time for security! Do not consider security only after something bad has happened, but be proactive and be aware of what is possible. Keep important and personal information secure but maintaining vigilant.
Thank you for reading.
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