Christmas & Cybersecurity

Christmas & Cybersecurity

Note from Laura: Matt’s post here about cybersecurity at Christmas is a good reminder for us all in our professional and personal lives. No matter how you interact with technology, Matt’s tips will help you out!

One of my (Matt’s) passions is cybersecurity. I remember back when Target had a hacker break into their account. I had used my debit card there two days before that happened. Fortunately, none of my information was used or stolen, but it has made me think about cybersecurity.

One of the biggest things that we have to look out for this time of year is identity theft and security breaches from the use of online shopping and credit cards. We have to be careful where we shop online because it’s not as secure as we think it is. There are more and more people today trying to steal your identity and use your credit cards, and they often get information online.

One way to protect yourself is to buy insurance for identity theft. Zander has an awesome plan. They treat their customers really well and give them the tools they need. They also have people who handle cases for you instead of you having to do everything yourself if your identity gets stolen. Your credit card may also have some protection. For example, if you use Visa and have your identity stolen, they will stop the charges and replace what was taken.

You can also use these practices when shopping online:

  • Erase your pin, username, and password from sites. Some sites have an option to “save for next time,” but don’t do it!
  • Have your bills auto drafted from your account so you know what you paid and to whom.
  • Have identity theft protection on yourself (like Zander).
  • Monitor your credit once a month or more.

Be safe and careful this Christmas season! Have fun when shopping, but remember to protect yourself.