December is always the time of joy and celebration, and all of us at Cymulate want to thank you for putting your faith in us. Also in 2018, we will continue to help organizations worldwide to keep their data safe and to comply with the various cybersecurity regulations.
The Holiday Season is also the time to shop online for finding that perfect gift and cool outfit. It’s a great season for online retailers, but also the hunting season for cybercrooks.
To stay safe, we advise everyone to take a few precautions:
Be very suspicious of emails or e-greetings from unknown senders. The best option is to delete them without opening any attachments or clicking on links. Cybercrooks use them to spread malware.
Fake advertisements or shipping notifications are used to infect a user’s computer and network with all kinds of malware and ransomware. To stay safe, just delete without clicking on any links.
Emails asking for confidential information (e.g., confirming passwords, payment details, etc.) never come from reputable companies. Deleting is the best option. In case you do want to check the request, type the whole domain name into your browser.
Since it’s also the season of giving, cybercrooks use spoofed email messages and phony posts on social media sites to ask for donations. Those kinds of requests only line the cybercrook’s pockets. It’s best to delete the emails and ignore the fake ads on social media. Instead, donate directly to your favorite charity.
When shopping online, use only reputable vendors and shopping sites. Check that the site is encrypted; you want your confidential information to be protected. The URL of an encrypted site starts with "https:" (instead of "http:") and has a padlock icon. If the padlock is closed, the information is encrypted (and your data is safe).
Make sure that the payment method you use limits your liability in case of fraud, and keep a record of your online purchases. This allows you to crosscheck them with your credit card / bank statements. Also read the terms and conditions of the vendor.
What to do when you become a cybercrime victim?
Report the attack to the local police and relevant law enforcement agencies. Chances are, you are not the only one.
Inform your credit card, bank or other financial institution that you used at the time that you have been hacked. Close all accounts that were comprised or could be at risk. Make sure that there are no unexplainable charges made to your account.
Change all your passwords and don’t use them again in the future. Make sure that each of your passwords is unique.
If the organization might be at risk, inform all relevant stakeholders within the organization at once.
Fingers crossed that we will have a cybercrime free holiday season this year.
Also in the coming year, Cymulate will keep on taking part of the fight against cybercrime. To learn more or to request a demo, feel free to contact us.