Cybersecurity tips to stay safe online this Christmas

Cyberspace, the Internet, computer networks, the digital world – call it what you will – is always developing and so are the threats and risks of being online.

The holiday season is a good opportunity for cyber criminals to strike

It will come as no surprise that Christmas is by far the busiest period for online shopping, with e-commerce sales in the US forecast to reach more than $110 billion during the 2017 holiday season (Deloitte’s 2017 holiday season forecast).

The festive period is an ideal time for cyber criminals to strike. Financial loss from cyber crime in the US exceeded $1.3 billion in 2016 (FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), so consumers should be vigilant.

Cyber attacks come in various forms and are designed to not only target technological weaknesses but also exploit people and a lack of organizational processes and procedures.

Essential cybersecurity tips to stay safe online

It doesn’t matter if you are working in the most mature enterprise environment, unemployed, retired, or still at school, whether you often have a smartphone in your hand or only use an e-reader, you are at risk.

December’s book of the month, Security in the Digital World, outlines ten essential cybersecurity tips to help you stay safe when shopping online this Christmas.

Protect yourself and your organization from cyber crime

This must-have guide features simple explanations, examples, and advice to help you and your organization be security-aware online in the digital age.

Learn how to:

  • Keep your information secure
  • Put the necessary controls on your home network to protect your family from cyber crime
  • Prevent identity theft when shopping online or using contactless payment
  • Keep your children safe when using the Internet

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