Holiday season is the time of the year when millions of people around the world shop online for gifts, deals, vacations and other stuff, and this gives cyber criminals practically unlimited opportunities to pose as legitimate companies to trick users into handing over their valuable data.
Top US advocates are urging for special caution in the holiday shopping. Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, warned internet users to be extra cautious before clicking on any link.
"We want people to take a deep breath and say, 'I'm not going to click. I'm going to go back to the original site and go in and make sure this isn't fake”
Just before the holiday season starts, the Washington, D.C.-based National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), financed jointly by private industry and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, celebrates a whole month of Cyber Awareness called “National Cyber Security Awareness Month” (NCSAM).
In this entire month, NCSA in collaboration with other agencies offer wide-ranging advice to people to safeguard their online transactions.
While visiting Salt Lake City, Kaiser said:
"We really see the connection between privacy and security as being extremely important,"
He further added:
"You really can't have one without the other."
The main motive of NCSAM is to not bring drastic changes in individual internet behavior, but the group's message centers on more critical thinking by users— part of its national "Stop. Think. Connect." awareness effort.
You can read all about internet threats and how to avoid such threats on StaySafeOnline.org. The month is celebrated every year from October from 1 till October 30.
*PureVPN is a proud member of NCSAM campaign and has been recognized by “Stop. Think. Connect.” in 2014 on Twitter for publishing helpful security tips.
It is very important for every internet user to get equipped with more knowledge on “Online Threats” and “How to avoid them”. To protect our readers and arm them with the necessary knowledge, we have published a very helpful “Online Shopping Safety Guide”.
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Till then, stay safe and enjoy the holiday season!