Even fruitcake is better than malware

 

This holiday season, you’re ordering lots of gifts online. Which means you’re generating lots of email traffic: order confirmations, shipping confirmations, receiving confirmations, and so on.

The data thieves know this. So be careful with your email. It’s trivial for a bad guy to disguise an email to look like it’s from Amazon or FedEx. But if you open the wrong attachment or click the wrong link, you could accidentally infect your entire company with malware.

But that’s not all. The security experts at McAfee recently published a list of 12 scams that prey on your holiday goodwill. They include SMS scams, dangerous e-greetings, fake charities, and more. As Intermedia’s VP of Security & Privacy, I strongly encourage you to give it a read.

McAfee also has three great tips to keep scammers at bay:

  • Stick to reputable e-commerce sites and look for a trustmark that indicates that the site has been verified as safe by a trusted third-party, like the McAfee SECURE™ trustmark. Also, look for a lock symbol and “https” at the beginning of the URL to see if the site uses encryption to protect your data.
  • Be wary of any offer that sounds too good to be true, and always look for signs that an email or website may not be legitimate, such as low resolution images, misspellings, poor grammar, or odd links.
  • Don’t click on any links in messages from people you don’t know, and if you come across a shortened URL, use a URL expander to see where the link is directed to before you click.

Stay safe this holiday season. And if you suspect that your system may have been infected or compromised, we’re here to help. Contact our support staff at (800) 379-7729 or open a support ticket. We’re here 24 hours a day — including Christmas and New Years.

About Ryan Barrett

Ryan is Intermedia's Vice President for Security and Privacy.