As most families come down off of the exhilaration of Christmas and New Year’s and pack up the holiday decorations for another year, it’s important not to let your guard down when it comes to security. The bad guys still have a few tricks up their proverbial sleeves, and they’re always looking for an angle to exploit.
The holidays are always a time of increased email spam and phishing attacks. Many consumers shop online and there is an exponential spike in shopping transactions, bank activity, and shipping confirmations and updates. Attackers take advantage of the increased volume of email and financial activity to target potential victims.
Now that the holidays are behind us, though, the opportunity for attackers still exists—just slightly modified. The initial shipping of gifts may be over, but hunting down packages lost in transit, returning broken or unwanted gifts, and sifting through receipts and credit card statements is just beginning. Kevin Routhier, founder and CEO of Coretelligent, explains, “Organizations and consumers alike should remain vigilant and watch out for spam and other forms of malicious emails disguised as order, shipping or return notices. These might appear to come from valid vendors like BestBuy, Target and Walmart, for example, but they’re often times easily recognizable as scams.”
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