To keep hackers from getting holiday deals on personal information, consumers can take proactive measures to protect against phishing attacks.
The holidays have arrived – and so have a slew of online holiday deals on products from stocking stuffers to sports cars. While many fabulous deals might make consumers happy, some of those deals are definitely too good to be true. To protect against phishing attacks during the holiday season, consumers can take proactive measures and thwart the ploys of bad actors.
Hackers don’t take holiday breaks
Many consumers and security professionals plan to use the holiday season as a time to get away from work and relax with family and friends, but bad actors and criminal groups are gearing up to go to work.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) noted in an August 2021 alert that cyberthreat actors appeared to be targeting holidays and long weekends to mount cyberattacks in order to catch organizations off guard. The CISA alert referenced large cyberattacks that occurred over the Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July weekends, and it encouraged organizations to evaluate their security postures and implement best practices in advance of upcoming holidays and long weekends.
Like organizations, as consumers enter the online holiday shopping season, they should be aware that bad actors are ready and waiting to take advantage of increased online activity. And like organizations, consumers should take steps to protect against phishing attacks.