Five Security Tips for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, it is that time of year when crime tends to rise. And although the list of security tips listed below is nothing new, it’s a good idea to remind ourselves of these useful tips to ensure we are not victims of identity theft, digital fraud or any other sort of crime. 

Tip 1: Keep your money and credit cards safe.

While you are out shopping for gifts, make sure your cash and credit cards are not readily visible or easily lifted.  For the ladies, this means keeping your purse closed at all times and for the men keeping your wallet near your body where you can feel it. 

Tip 2: Email scams

Do not click on links embedded in your email or open attachments from random sites or people unless you are absolutely sure it is a legitimate email.  This is how malware can end up installed on your PC for the purposes of stealing your identity or learning more about you and your activities.  In addition, do not respond to requests for your personal information, especially your credit card or social security number. Email scams tend to rise during the holiday season, so be aware and alert to your email activities.

Tip3: Secure Internet purchases?

Legitimate company sites use what is referred to in the security industry as SSL certificates, which creates a secure connection between you and the site.  You can identify this by the “https:” in the web address. The “s” in the “http” is what is important.  If the site is not secure with this protocol then you should think twice about using it. 

Tip 4: Be careful when using Social Media.

There are many tips here; below are a few definite ones.

Tip 5: Other general security tips.

Following these simple tips will help to ensure you have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season.

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Parrish Gunnels serves as a Global IT Information Security and Compliance Manager at Celanese Corporation. He has more than 14 years of IT experience in various functions including working in the financial services, telecommunications, and chemical manufacturing industries.

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  1. Margie Dolch says:

    Parrish, thanks for the security tips. With the growing popularity of smart phones and photo apps like Instagram it”s very common for me to see FB friends sharing photos while they”re on vacation. I”m kind of torn because I like to hear (and see) what they”re up to but concerned because so many don”t do a very good job of censoring who they”re friends with. I think the key thing is to remember to only “friend” those that you know well…and trust. I will also “audit” my friend list from time to time to make sure the relationships are still close enough because things change over time and review the privacy settings because they”re always changing them.

  2. Guhan Prabhu says:

    The use of Navigation devices has put us at a new risk. We typically enter our “home” address in these devices (and sometimes in Social Media) and then leave them in plain sight of criminals. This enables other behavior and/or incidents.

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