Best Tips for Staying Secure this Holiday Season
Stay ahead of malicious online activity and learn how to shop securely this holiday season with LogMeIn Central and general best practices.
Welcome to the holiday season, everyone! The holidays are a time to relax, enjoy time with friends and family, and focus on what is truly important in life.
For many, half of the holidays involves preparation, and in America, experts suspect holiday spending will top more than $1 trillion in 2019. Now more than ever, these purchases are being made online for the sake of cost and convenience. More online shopping means more time on computers and the internet for the average consumer, which unfortunately creates a booming opportunity for scammers and malicious activity on the web.
We have put together the following tips to help you stay ahead of hackers, phishing, scams and malware attacks, while shopping securely this holiday season:
Protecting Yourself with LogMeIn Central:
- Secure Your Endpoints with LogMeIn Antivirus powered by Bitdefender: LMI utilizes market-leading antivirus technology, which is constantly learning and improving over time, to help actively combat malware, phishing, spyware and ransomware. Within LMI AV, you can customize your security preferences, give or rescind user capabilities, monitor status of endpoints, and utilize a variety of features such as firewall, system scans and policy assignments.
- Staying on top of Patch Management: with Central, you can actively monitor the status of Windows and application updates on your endpoints and ensure the latest versions are being used. With 61% of SMBs experiencing a cyber-attack in the last year, over half of which could have been prevented by deploying a patch that’s been available for over a decade, patch management is crucial.
- Utilizing Two-Factor Authentication*: Central offers the option to use 2FA for hosts and users, providing an extra layer of security to ensure your data stays safe. Ensure you are utilizing these features by managing your Master Account Holder preferences, setting individual account security preferences.
- Creating Customized Alerts* (Self-Healing, Proactive): stay on top of system issues, malicious or otherwise, by setting both proactive and self-healing alerts. Alerts help your system respond to issues on your network actively, rather than proactively, by both notifying you of any ongoing or sudden issues with your endpoints and responding to them accordingly in a way that fits your preferences. These are powerful tools which offer an incredible amount of protection and power to users.
*Heads up*: On December 10th – our Central Master Class will focus on 2FA and Self-Healing Alerts. Register here!
General Tips for Email, Mobile and Online Security:
- Check the sender’s email address: Confirm the domain name matches the sender you should expect. What may look like ‘email@example.com’ may actually be ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. Learn more about detecting a phishing email here
- Were you expecting this email: An email may appear to be from a reputable company that you commonly use, but if you weren’t expecting it make sure to verify the email (not by replying to the email). Also, note if there is a high sense of urgency on the email to “buy now!” or “must respond immediately”. That can be a red flag too.
- Be cautious when clicking on links and attachments: As a best practice, hover over links to view the URL before clicking. You can learn more here.
- Phone scams and vishing: are becoming increasingly popular. If anyone is asking you to transfer money or for confidential information make sure to double-check directly with the person, and avoid falling for voice-over scams.
- Don’t shop on public WI-FI networks.
- Use reputable sites that are secured by TLS: (the lock icon to the left of the URL in your browser). If you don’t see the lock, it’s best to take your business elsewhere.
- Keep a close eye on your credit and bank accounts for unusual or suspicious activity, and set-up multi-factor authentication for these types of accounts where you can.
- Always use strong and unique passwords.
Stay safe, and enjoy your 2019 holiday season!