It’s that time of year again. A chill is in the air, pumpkin-spice-everything is on the menu, and your online newsfeed is peppered with Cyber Monday headlines.
Cyber Monday has become so embedded in our online shopping culture that many may not remember a time without it – yet it’s quite a contemporary holiday tradition.
As ubiquitous as its current presence, so too are its security warnings. For most of us, these warnings are mainstays of the modern online era. As a quick refresher:
- Use a unique password for each website, especially sensitive accounts.
- Enable two-step verification for sensitive websites and services.
- Check out as a guest whenever possible.
- Use a credit card instead of a debit card.
- Monitor your bank and credit card statements.
- Monitor your credit report – identities are more valuable than credit cards, and have no expiration date.
But this year, we want you to pay increased attention to security concerns that extend beyond the cyber shopping cart payment, and instead look at the risks you take from shopping online and how a good business IT support team like Nerds Support can help you build a more secure business.
Hackers Will Benefit From Christmas
However, as connectivity grows, so do our risks. Every year, we are warned that our addresses, credit card information and more are vulnerable to hackers than any day of the year. In a world that has seen cyber attacks from Equifax to Whole Foods to even a popular black Friday retailer, 2017’s Hoiday shopping season is no exception. Having such personal information can pose a physical threat, as well as facilitate identity theft (and with children, identity theft may not be discovered for years).
Employers Are Shopping More Than They are Working:
Cyber Monday is known as one of the three busiest shopping days for the retail industry. It is said that for every 20 people, 1 person will call in sick to work so that they may shop for Cyber Monday. In fact, in 2017, 64% of workers will shop on their lunch break and 43% of workers will shop if they find themselves with nothing to do. While some companies agree that efforts to keep employees from shopping online would be pointless, it should concern business owners that 55% of employees do not know emergency technology procedures. If a hacker were to break into your files, having access to employee’s personal credit card info would pose as a big problem for not only the individual, but also the company. With Nerds Support, our IT support Miami team believes having a good business protection plan is essential to any business. So whether your employees fight or give into the temptation to shop, you can bet the Nerds Support will always have your most important data available and keep your company safe from hackers.