Cyber Monday is filled with online deals on products and electronics.  But did you know, Cyber Monday poses the biggest security threat to your data through phishing scams?

 

Opportunistic hackers regularly use heavy online days, like Cyber Monday, to launch phishing scams. 

Here are 5 steps to protect yourself:

 

Don’t Click That Link

Refrain from clicking any links or download any attachments in the suspicious email. Instead, open up your web browser and go to the website in question by typing it into the URL bar.

 

Read The URL

Phishers are known to use company logos and write in a matter that seems legit.  The URL link often times will be very close to the actual site URL with a minor misspelling or change.  If you notice a link that is close but not quite right you could be redirected to a spoofed domain.

 

Never respond to validate your account without you initiating

If you receive an email asking you to validate a login or account, don’t. If you did not initiate a password reset or account validation then you should not receive communication.  If you are still concerned, go to the site in your browser and log in with your credentials.

 

Never open account login email on a public wifi

Information sent through public wifi is highly susceptible to rerouting.  This means a user may think they are logging into a site.  Instead, a user may be rerouted to a duplicate site where their login information is captured.

 

If you can validate verbally

Many sites are now allowing you to confirm your login or credential changes over the phone.  This is used to protect users from the previously listed dangers.  If this option is available to you, use it.

 

All in all, vigilance will save you the headaches and pain of having your accounts hacked.  Your MSP can and should protect your business.  However, there are still precautions you should take to keep your data secure.

 

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