Cyber Attacker Holiday Games: Go Phish

The use of phishing—essentially tricking people to give up personal and confidential information for the purposes of fraud, identify theft and financial gain—is old news. But it rears its ugly head every year during the holidays. All types of email and online fraud increase exponentially during the winter holidays as online shopping picks up and people become a little more distracted in general.

Whether at work or at home, you need to be vigilant to these attacks. Whether catching up on emails after being out of the office, or finishing up your online shopping, there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself

  • Increase the security and privacy settings on your social networks; limit your interaction to people you know.
  • Develop good password-management skills at work and home. Strong, complex passwords – and different passwords for different sites — are critical to keeping you safe.
  • Do not click on links in emails from unknown senders. If it seems suspicious, or the offer is too good to be true, delete it.
  • Do not open attachments in emails from people you do not know.
  • When in doubt, ask! Report it to by sending a copy of the suspicious email. Open a new email, select ‘Attach Item’, select ‘Outlook Item’ then select the offending email and Send. Finally, permanently delete the email from your mailbox.