The online holiday shopping season is here, and millions of Americans will be looking for that great deal, but so will hackers looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers.
With more than $8.8 billion lost last year to scams and fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission, it’s important to shop safely while online. Cyber criminals are searching for weaknesses in your devices or internet connections or will attempt to extract personal and financial information through fake websites or charities.
The best defense against these threats is awareness. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has some valuable tips on easy things all of us can do to shop more safely this holiday season.
CISA, recommends you take these steps all year long, not just during the holidays. Doing this could save you from being an online target of hackers.
And specifically for the holiday season CISA recommends:
For more information on CISA’s safe online holiday shopping tips visit our website at cisa.gov/shop-safely.
This guest blog was submitted by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). For more information on guest blog opportunities, contact Marla McColly, Business Development Director, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association.