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Online Holiday Security

November 27, 2016

Phishing scams, malware campaigns and cyber crime are prevalent during the winter holidays and shopping season.

As the The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has previously reminded us, among phishing scams and malware campaigns this time of year are:

  • Electronic greeting cards that may contain malware
  • Requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams and may originate from illegitimate sources claiming to be charities
  • Screen savers or other forms of media that may contain malware
  • Credit card applications that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts
  • Online shopping advertisements that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts from bogus retailers

So use caution when encountering these types of communications.

Preventative Measures

For further information consult Practice Safe Computing.

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