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Monthly Newsletter - November 2022

Preparing for the Holidays

It is estimated that online sales will account for $236 million dollars in sales this holiday season, up 15.5% from previous years. And this is a perfect storm for cyber attackers to prey on our desires to find the right gift for the right price, especially in the current economic environment. So how can you stay cyber-safe this holiday season? Here are 5 tips to protect yourself:

Always go to reputable sellers.  Facebook is especially rife with ads from online retailers claiming to have the best price, cheap shipping, and guaranteed arrival dates. But often, these retailers are not as reputable as they appear. Cheap knockoffs (if you even receive your ordered items), extremely slow shipping, or even just not shipping your item at all and running away with your money!

Other scams include impersonating well-known retailers, such as Best Buy or Amazon. These can usually be detected by inspecting the URL closely for “mistakes.” One such example is a site set up as with a zero for one o and if it is displayed in all caps it’s virtually indistinguishable from the original.

Phishing scams are a big challenge this winter. The scams are more sophisticated and with the holidays approaching they are increasing the veracity of their attacks. A few common ways you might come across this type of attack are:


Always keep an eye out for fraud. Look at all platforms you use to purchase items online. Credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, Facebook Marketplace…you get the point. It would be a good idea to regularly check your balances, and immediately flag any charges you don’t remember making.


Watch out for charitable scams. The end of the year is the time that many organizations launch fundraising drives for their charitable activities. Think of the Salvation Army and its Red Kettle campaign. They aren’t the only ones to appeal to us in this season of giving. But how do you know if that charity that keeps calling or emailing you is legitimate? Security Mentor says there are several sites available to help you determine the legitimacy of a particular charity and see how they use their donations. They are:


And finally…if you don’t know what’s coming then we haven’t been loud enough in our cries! Regardless of the device – Laptop, tablet, smartphone. Always keep the security software updated. If you see the annoying little notification that indicates an update is available, don’t wait. Just don’t.

Do’s and Don’ts of Online Shopping

Now we begin the greatest of traditions…Christmas shopping. With approximately 2.14 Billion people purchasing products online, cybercriminals have taken notice and ramped up their efforts to steal your hard-earned money and identity. Don’t let them. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for online shopping this holiday season:



Thank you for being our valued customers. We hope this information will help ensure you have a wonderful and joyful beginning to the holiday season. And in this season of thankfulness, we want to say it again…we are thankful. For your business, for your friendship, and even your referrals. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and meet your organization’s IT and cybersecurity consulting needs.