Online fraud has seasonal trends and the holidays are prime time for threat actors. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you make it though the holidays unscathed.
Monitor your accounts: Activate fraud alerts like new payee, money withdrawal, high value credit card transaction, insurance claim submitted, use of hospitality loyalty points, etc.
Take advantage of multi-factor authentication (MFA): Whether selfie pay, biometrics, or one-time password, utilize a platform’s native MFA capabilities as they’re harder to hack.
Take inventory of all connected devices: We now live in a connected world and need to adapt to it. When receiving a new device, start by changing the default user names and passwords, installing security updates and turning off the device when not in use.
Resist the click: This evergreen advice never gets old. Whether a text, email or social media promotion, avoid clicking on something from a sender you don’t know.
Back it up: Many phishing attempts are now linked to ransomware. That is why it is especially important to back up data offline.