Of course, we should be focusing on gift giving and celebrations at this time of year, but it’s also a critical time to receive this timely festive reminder to be vigilant in identifying phishing and smishing scams.
From special offer emails in your inbox to SMS prompts for missed deliveries and Buy Now Pay Later account notices, it’s hard to tell the true scams from the real ones; a situation exacerbated at Christmas as we choose to avoid shopping malls in favour of brand surfing from our lounge.
We’re feeling the crazy rush towards the end of the year, as we struggle to balance work, life and festive socials with trying to apply the same levels of diligence we’d normally apply to validating phishing and smishing attempts during other periods.
We’re expecting a stack of deliveries and parcels too, so when emails and text messages prompt a collection, before clicking the link, think twice to avoid being on the receiving end of a scam seeking to download malware and cause havoc to your business or private network. Unfortunately, we’re all at risk.
So, before Santa drops his malware at your door:
We also love these tips from the ACSC:
Have an enjoyable and safe festive season everyone!