It’s the festive season and hopefully you’re busy enjoying the parties and preparations. However, cybercriminals are gearing up to take advantage of the Christmas spirit too. At GHM, we want to ensure your business stays safe and secure, protecting it from phishing attacks and online Grinches. Here are some friendly reminders and tips to keep your digital chimney closed to cyber threats.
Beware of Unknown Numbers: It’s easy to overlook unfamiliar or foreign numbers. Do resist the urge to respond, as they could be phishing attempts in disguise.
Check Before You Click: Tis the season for giving, but don’t gift-wrap data for cybercriminals. If a link looks suspicious, resist the temptation to click. Be especially cautious of offers that seem too good to be true, like that business survey promising £150 Amazon vouchers.
Watch Out for Clickbait Tactics: Cyber grinches often use urgency or curiosity to trick you into clicking. Whether it’s a fake delivery notification or a special offer that can’t wait, take a moment to evaluate before you click.
Say No to Suspicious Texts: Just like Santa checks his list, scrutinise incoming texts. If something seems off, it probably is. Avoid responding to or interacting with suspicious messages.
Block, Don’t Blink: If you spot a suspicious sender, don’t hesitate to block them. Blocking ensures that you won’t accidentally engage with potential threats in the future.
Guard Your Online Presence: The more you share, the merrier for cybercriminals. Be mindful of what you post online, as oversharing could lead to identity theft or phishing attempts using your personal information.
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Enjoy the festivities, and don’t forget to safeguard your business. Stay informed, stay vigilant and consider starting the New Year with a free IT health review from GHM.
We wish you a safe and secure Christmas!