It’s inevitable that technology will play a prevalent role in our lives over the festive period, which is why it’s more important than ever for families to be aware of the risks the digital world can bring.
Everyone will undoubtedly want to share their fun and antics on social media this Christmas, however it’s important that you don’t overshare. Thieves are increasingly taking to social media to seek out potential victims, therefore sharing your presents or saying you’re on holiday could leave you open to risk. If you want to share information and pictures of your travels, this should only be posted once you’re back home.
You’re also bound to be receiving a significantly higher number of emails at this time of year, with companies advertising their end of year offers to try and encourage you to purchase. This provides the perfect environment for phishing scams to thrive. We must all be vigilant before clicking links in emails – remember, if an offer looks to good to be true, it probably is.
The use of e-cards and electronic gift cards are also on the rise. It’s important to be cautious when receiving them – as with phishing emails, hackers utilise the festive period for their gain. Before opening, be sure to check the legitimacy with the gift giver and be wary of .zip or .exe links or attachments.