Stay Safe Online This Holiday Season
The holidays are a great time to celebrate. Don't let criminals steal your good cheer! Be aware of scams that prey on your busy schedule and charitable giving. The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have observed an increase in ransomware attacks occurring on holidays and weekends. Protect yourself online to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.
Immediate actions you can take now to protect against ransomware:
- Be sure to back up your data.
- Keep your apps and devices up to date.
- Verify an email’s legitimacy before you open an attachment or link. It's best practice to be cautious with links and attachments received in email, no matter who sent the message.
- Check the sending address. The message could come from a fake or compromised account.
- Protect your personal information, connected devices, and university data with Two-Step Login and LastPass secure password management.
- Beware of unexpected Two-Step Login prompts and protect yourself against two-factor phishing scams.
Watch out for email targeted to stir your emotions. Criminals try to knock you off balance with threats, a false sense of urgency, or a deal that's too good to be true. Stay vigilant against fraud and the many ways that cybercriminals can gain access to networks:
- Phishing scams, such as unsolicited emails posing as charitable organizations.
- Fraudulent sites spoofing reputable businesses—malicious actors often target popular sites for online holiday shopping.
- Unencrypted financial transactions. Make sure your information is encrypted.