This Christmas it’s important to review some points to help keep you safe online–of course these aspects of online security can be applied throughout the year as well!
Be Wary of any e-Cards
If anyone sends you an e-card throughout the year, make sure you absolutely know who the sender is. If you don’t, simply delete it, as malicious code can be uploaded to your system via e-card and it’s becoming a very popular way to get this done.
If you receive an e-mail offering $99 iPads, know that it’s a SCAM. Apple keeps it’s authorized dealers in tight reign, and price points below what is standard and set by Apple are not allowed.
Don’t Link to a Site
If you’re using a search engine or you’ve received an email with a “Special Offer” that seems too good to be true, be careful. It’s always best to physically type in the url of the domain you want to access–and if you receive an email from your bank or Pay Pal, NEVER select the link in the e-mail EVER! Most likely this is a scam to get you to hijack your password. Always type in the url for your bank and Pay Pal access.
Be vary wary of any charities that contact you requesting contributions at this time of year. Be sure to check them out thoroughly before ever donating.
Nigerian Requests for Help
This old scam is still running strong. You receive some type of “formal” looking letter that states you are the recipient of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, but you have to transfer them money first. Yes, people still fall for this. Delete them immediately and if using an email system like Gmail, report them as SPAM.
When making a purchase online, be sure the server the store is on is secure. This can be checked by viewing their url as beginning with “https” for secure, instead of “http” or unsecured.
Update Your Security Software
Be sure to run Windows Defender and an additional layer of security (we use AVG), and keep them up to date at all times!
When online just remember (and when offline as well–Bernie Madoff), that if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
Preston Ehrler, Webvantix