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This year has brought many challenges with it, the most obvious being the COVID-19 pandemic, which we are still attempting to control here in the UK.

 

This year has also seen rising levels of online scams, phishing attacks and other forms of cyber-crime. The UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is among those urging consumers and businesses to take proactive steps to improve their cyber security and reduce their risks over the holidays.

 

 

As the pandemic has progressed, people have increasingly turned to the internet to help them accomplish tasks that they would otherwise have had to leave the house to do in-person, such as shopping and banking, among others. Some of these users are also new users – those who have never used these services before – or existing users have perhaps been using them more frequently than they did previously.

Of course, this leaves many more people and businesses open to online scams and cyber-attacks – and the scammers and hackers are not wasting an opportunity. In order to help you protect yourself, your family, friends and colleagues this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few tips – some echoing the advice given by the NCSC’s Cyber Aware Scheme, and some a bit more advanced.

 

Tips for a Secure Festive Season

 

 

Don’t forget the golden rule – If something looks too good to be true, it probably is!

 

If you receive a suspicious or scam email, you can send it to the NCSC using the Suspicious Email Reporting Service – For more information, click here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails

Please feel free to share this list with friends, family and colleagues who may be doing all of their shopping online for the first time this Christmas – or anyone who may need a reminder!

 

Need help or advice to keep your team safe and secure while working remotely? We can help! Give us a call on 0121 312 1500 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk