Christmas should be a joyous time with good will and good cheer. Unfortunately, is also the height of the scam season as people are online more looking for gifts, places to celebrate or checking up on family and friends. It is also a time when people often relax and let their guard down.
“S” is for Safe for your credit card
- Google makes a big deal of letting users know if a website is secure.
- Does your website start with HTTPS at the start of the website or the lock symbol?
- If not, then your site could be labelled as ‘non-secure’ and this means users may not trust your site or your brand and shop elsewhere.
‘Tis the Season to be Scammed
- Phishing – Charity email scams are rife this time of year.
- Under the guise of a charity, scammers will send emails with official-looking logos and appear legit.
- Remind your staff to be watchful – there are some major red flags to look out for.
Sender’s Address – The ‘from’ address is an odd looking address or from a public email platform and not from the charities domain eg firstname.lastname@example.org
Senders name may not match the users name in the signature or email address
May request confidentiality, bank transfer, logins or credit card information.
Beware public wifi
- Your staff may be popping to the shops during work time or at breaks to shop the old fashioned way – tell them to be beware of free wifi
- Free wifi is often insecure, and your device may become accessible to others in public places
- Lockdowns are over and people are looking to be festive but you don’t want to be at the leading edge of a new phase.
- Make sure they are checking in (QR codes) when they go out and that your hygiene & COVID policy are reinforced to your team.
- Implement you own business QR code so you know who is in your office.
Make sure your computer is up to date with its security patches
- Business: if you think your staff aren’t doing some Christmas shopping on their work computer – You are wrong!!!