First of all, Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a good break.
The holiday period is over and we are back at work or in our usual routines. It’s at this time of year people tend to relax their vigilance as they are still in ‘party’ mode.
So please whatever you do, don’t relax on your online and data security.
Watch out for seasonal themed emails that might have come in over the holiday period. It is so easy to drop your guard when dealing with a backlog when you first get back in to work. You then inadvertently click on something you ordinarily wouldn’t because you are in catch up mode.
That’s what the unscrupulous folk who send these emails out are relying on. So be careful and don’t give them the satisfaction.
It’s not just emails though, criminals are forever trying new ways to get your data or personal info. Compromised web pages are also a problem, many of them masquerading as actual industry companies such as Microsoft or Apple.
You may get a pop-up page advising that you have a problem and need to contact them immediately on a displayed number. Don’t be fooled, they are always a scam and are attempting to get you to call them or click on a so called ‘support’ link. Just ignore the page, close your browser using Task Manager (or force quit on an Apple), restart your machine and start again. Most of these are delivered via compromised ads on the web page you were viewing.
That’s all for this month, and again if you have any queries or need assistance on any topic not just those above then please get in touch.