IT-Security Tips for the Holiday Season

Posted by Sarah Becker Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:43:00 GMT

Happy Holidays, Readers!  

Law enforcement officers across the country are warning people about the increase in crime during the holiday season. Don´t let the holiday spike in crime dampen your winter festivities. As you gear up for the holiday season, we, here at HOB, have some IT tips to keep your devices safe and sensitive information secure. 

Avoid Public Wi-Fi Networks 

Smartphones have dramatically increased the use of public Wi-Fi networks and while traveling during the holiday season, it is tempting to connect to a free Wi-Fi. However, it is important to remember to be cautious when connecting to airport or café hot spots. Logging into your e-mail account, making a credit card purchase or doing online banking on an unsecure network can easily put your sensitive information in the sight of hackers. Avoid these activities unless you’re sure you trust the connection. 

Click with Caution 

With online shopping being one of the largest forms of commerce, more and more people are doing much of their holiday shopping online. However, in order to capitalize on the popularity of e-commerce, hackers are targeting online shoppers with phishing e-mails and sites. Avoid malware or identity theft by clicking with caution. Before clicking a link in an e-mail or entering your credit card information, hover over the link in your address bar and review the complete URL. Small errors such as misspellings or a lack of  “https://” can signal a phishing attack.

Misplaced Devices 

Somewhere between the hotel, cab, airport or train station, thousands of travelers will lose track of their laptops, smartphones or tablets this holiday season. Ensure that each of your devices has a password so that if your device is lost and never recovered, no one can access the information on it. Furthermore, utilizing a remote wipe tool can allow you to delete all the data off your device. Or you use, at least for your business communication a solution like HOBLink Mobile. Using this intelligent App provides you full and flexible access to you company email, calendar, contacts and more without saving any data on the device. If the device is lost or stolen, the thief never gets access to sensitive company data. 

Readers, what are your plans for this holiday season and how will you protect your devices and data? Please share in the comments below.

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