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Tis The Season For....Cybercrime

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

Cybercrime is no respecter of business, career or gender! Everyone is a potential target and who knows, the holiday season provides an excellent opportunity for scammers looking to cash in.

It is important that individuals be on double alert and knowledgeable around the issues of cybercrime and the threat it poses to their finances and mental wellbeing.

‘There must now be a different approach to cybersecurity. Our current approach is unsustainable.’

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Fortinet

There are a few simple steps that individuals can take to safeguard not only their ‘pocket’ but how to comply and manage the technological and legal issues that they will experience during this time.

It is not without merit to identify the holiday season as a prime time for higher incidents of cybercrime. However individuals should be on high alert and more protective of their digital information and scams.

Don’t Get Ripped Off!

This is not the time to take your eyes off the ball. The research shows the most common threats tend to focus on phishing, ransomware, identity fraud and non-delivery of goods and services.

During the holiday season, businesses tend to operate with a reduced level of staff which means less monitoring around security issues; thus leaving the company more vulnerable.

Individuals will be focused on celebrations with friends and family, which means they are prone to be more distracted and open to personal fraud because they are not paying full attention to the ‘red flag’.

Be Observant and Keep Safe this Holiday Season

If you are looking for the first steps or need a refresher session on how to protect yourself from cybercrime; check out The Little Leaflet of Cyber Advice and the Little Book of Cyber Scams 2.0 booklet for the latest know how.

In closing, don’t let the hackers and cyber criminals spoil your celebrations and family festivities.

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