Cyber {Crime} Monday: 5 Security Tips to Keep You Safe

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Cyber Monday is like Christmas Day for cyber criminals. As of early this morning, your inbox has probably already been flooded with marketing emails offering “great deals for today only”. In fact, those emails have a higher chance of actually being opened/read than any other day of the year. We can’t miss out on those amazing deals right?!

Just make sure that you are paying attention to those emails. Don’t click on every deal that comes into your inbox today – no matter how great it may seem. Below we are sharing some security tips to help keep you safe on this Cyber Monday.

  1. Any time you are checking out online, verify a secured connection by looking for a little padlock in the browser address bar. If you don’t see that, verify an encrypted connection, or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secured, by making sure the Web address starts with “https://” or “shttp://“.
  2. DO NOT click on links provided in an email to make a purchase. Instead, go to the site independently to verify the offer or coupon code first and only then log into your account.
  3. Do not use free public Wi-Fi. And more importantly, NEVER enter personal information or credit card information over an unsecured network connection.
  4. Make sure everything is up-to-date. This includes your software programs, security software, phone updates, etc. before browsing the web and making purchases.
  5. Think Before You Click! If it seems too good to be true, chances are it is. Always be wary about what comes into your inbox!

In addition, make sure you have important security hardware/software in place to help limit the number of scam emails making it into your inbox as well as blocking dangerous websites and downloads. Here at BECA, we have several lines of defense to keep our employees and our customers as safe as possible:

  • WatchGuard Firewalls – Secure Wi-Fi and enterprise-grade protection across all networks.
  • Webroot Security –¬†Multi-vector protection for all of our endpoints.
  • Reflexion Email Security –¬†Helps block phishing emails before they even make it to our end users’ inboxes.
  • KnowBe4 – Fake phishing emails and end user security training helps teach our team and our customers how to identify phishing emails and how to avoid malware.

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