1. The holidays are a time for giving, and hackers know that all too well. Be wary of fake emails requesting donations – even if they seem like messages from actual organizations.


2. Who doesn’t love sending a holiday e-card? They’re cheaper than buying tangible cards and you can send them to everyone you know! But criminals are in on the fun too. They’ll often let you create an E-Card and then claim you have to download an attachment to receive it. RED FLAG. The attachment is malware and will tear your computer apart.


3. Cyber criminals LOVE when certain search terms get hot, like: Happy Holiday Screensaver or Frosty The Snowman Ringtone. They embed malware into those popular downloaded items and then wait for someone to come along and infect their own devices with them.


4. If you’re buying a lot of gifts during the holidays, you may be getting emails from your bank–maybe about your balance or weekly transaction reports. That said, ALWAYS look closely at emails appearing to be from your bank. Is it a phishing scam? Remember: Your bank will never ask you to confirm anything by requesting your name, password and account number via email.


5. Sometimes during the holidays, we get click happy. We get a lot of emails about holiday cheer or the newest and greatest deal. We get curious and start opening more emails than normal. BE CAREFUL. Never click on or download an attachment from someone you don’t know. Guard your personal information. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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