The media has been filled with news of identity theft, hacks, and other security woes as of late. In recent months, Uber was hacked, people had their financial information stolen by credit card skimmers, and one woman lost $59,000 to a fake police website.

Such incidents cause people’s stomachs to churn. They wonder how to keep their data secure and private, especially as the number of cybercrime instances continues to grow. And for people buying gifts this holiday season, the concern only increases in magnitude.

The holidays, after all, bring not only family celebrations but also identity theft and credit card fraud. Javelin Strategy & Research reports that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million Americans in 2016, up from $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims in 2015.  Fortunately, you can prevent most of these things from happening to consumers, your employees, and your business with the right policies, training, and protections in place. The holiday scams and tips shared here will enhance information privacy and security both now and throughout the year.

 5 Holiday Scams to Be Aware Of

Many holiday scams tend to be iterations of previous ones. They are effective, though, and you need to be proactive to protect yourself and your business against them. Start with the following list of five common holiday scams.

  1. False Shipping Information

Many sites, such as Amazon, issue tracking information so buyers can find and follow their holiday gifts. Hackers and con artists use the habit to their advantage. They send fake Amazon, FedEx, and UPS emails with a link containing a virus hungry for sensitive data.

Solution: You should install security software on all devices, large and small, used to access any company data. Use Anti-phishing software to scan your inboxes and prevent clicks (Read more...)