The bad guys are known to use holidays to try to get you to click on a dangerous link or download a malicious attachment. Whether you’re traveling this Memorial Day weekend, or staying home to take advantage of online shopping deals, be cautious when performing any types of online transactions. Be suspicious of any out-of-the-ordinary emails, and be mindful of what information you’re sharing over your phone when you’re on the road.
Here are some things to look out for this approaching Memorial Day weekend:
- Scammers are known to pose as charities asking for donations around holidays. Never click on links or download attachments from unexpected emails, unless you’re certain the sender is legitimate.
- Attackers often pose as familiar online retailers, offering deals that seem too good to be true. If you find unbelievable offers in your inbox, navigate to that retailer’s website through your browser (not through links in the email) to check whether the email message is valid.
- If you’re traveling this holiday weekend, turn your mobile device’s Bluetooth off when not in use. Cyber criminals can pair with your phone’s open Bluetooth connection and steal personal information.
Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.