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Security Tip of the Week

12 Scams of the Holidays 2014

The holidays are just around the corner and amid the hustle and bustle many of us will fire up our devices to go online, order gifts, and plan travel. But while we’re getting festive, the cybercriminals are getting ready to take advantage of the influx of your good cheer to spread scams and malware.

Each year, McAfee has been providing us with their version of the “12 Scams of Christmas/Holidays” to help ensure a safe and happy holiday season.  This year, they have identified:

  1. You've Got Mail!
  2. Deceptive Advertising
  3. Chilling Charities
  4. Buyer Beware
  5. iScams
  6. Getting Carded
  7. Holiday Travel Scams
  8. Bank Robocall Scam
  9. ATM Skimming
  10. Year in Review Traps
  11. BYO...Device
  12. Bad USB Blues

Further information about each of these can be found by going to

How To Protect Yourself

You can help protect yourself from these cybercrimes by following these tips:

  • Avoid Costly "Deals" - if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Address Online Shopping Safety - Be sure the e-tailer has HTTPS in their web address before you shop.
  • One Safe Move - Use a one-time use credit card for online shipping.  If stolen, it's useless to thieves.
  • Keep it Private - Review the e-tailer's privacy policy to ensure your information isn't sold to a third party.


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