CISA shares tips for protecting your personal and financial data this holiday shopping season

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In this holiday season, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) hopes online shoppers will do their part to spread cyber cheer. Today, CISA launched a series of resources aimed at helping Americans protect themselves when they online shopping. Remember that hackers try to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers by looking for weaknesses in their devices and internet connections or by trying to extract personal and financial information through fake websites and charities.

“At CISA, we are committed to helping Americans better protect themselves online. Everyone plays a role in building national cyber resilience,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “This holiday shopping season, we’re here to provide you with some easy steps to prevent yourself from falling victim to cybercrime. Using strong passwords, updating your software, thinking before clicking on suspicious links, and enabling multi-factor authentication are the basics of what we call “cyber hygiene” and will greatly improve your online safety to keep your season happy and bright. »

As part of this effort, CISA has created a cybersecurity chant called “Twelve Days of Shopping” to share cyber tips throughout the holiday season. Consult CISA’s accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and instagram to hear each verse as it is revealed. Remember that a few simple safeguards can protect you when shopping or donating online:

  • Start by checking your devices: Use strong passwords, update your software, and enable multi-factor authentication.
  • Buy only from trusted sources: Think about how and where you shop in line.
  • Recognizing Phishing Scams: Do not click on links or download attachments unless you know where they come from. Never provide your password, personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited email.
  • Use secure methods for your purchases: Never provide financial information when using public Wi-Fi. And if you can, use a credit card instead of a debit card and check your account statements frequently.

During this time of year, it is especially important for all individuals to take proactive cybersecurity measures. Yesterday, CISA and the FBI Published an advisory to public and private sector organizations to remain vigilant and take appropriate precautions to reduce their risk of ransomware and other cyberattacks ahead of and during the holiday season.

By applying the resources provided by CISA during the holiday season, you, your friends and loved ones can be better protected against cybercrimes. For more holiday shopping tips from CISA, follow the gingerbread crumbs for cisa.gov/shop-safely.

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