Quick Tips to Help You Surf the Web Safely While on Vacation – Michigan Medicine Headlines
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Key points to remember:
- Cyber Monday is 10 days away, so it’s imperative that you practice safe cyber habits during the busy shopping season.
- Beware of deals that seem too good to be true – they often are.
- Information Assurance provides tips and resources to keep you and your information safe online.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means the holiday shopping season is upon us!
With Cyber Monday just 10 days away, it’s important that you are aware of the potential dangers looming online.
Here are some tips from the organization’s Information Assurance team to help you adopt safe cyber habits during the busiest time of the year.
Many offers are too good to be true
The holiday shopping season has traditionally shown an increase in “Cyber Deal” scams. While popular, be especially wary of “limited time/countdown” offers, as they’re designed to evoke a sense of urgency and trick you into clicking on links that aren’t safe.
Before acting on any emails you may receive, take a breather and remember to double-check the link by hovering your mouse over the hyperlink and verifying the validity of the sender.
Looking for the perfect gift? Beware!
Apart from offers that try to trick you into clicking, there are a number of other risks if you’re not careful while browsing the web.
Adopt the following safe browsing habits to minimize the risk of online attacks:
- Do not click on any suspicious links from unknown sources.
- Avoid dubious websites like adult and peer-to-peer file sharing sites.
- Use bookmarks. Bookmark frequently visited sites or enter a trusted URL for a business site directly into the address bar.
- When traveling, connect to a secure network if possible. If your only option is to connect to an unsecured network, use a virtual private network (VPN) to send and receive information securely.
- Keep device software and apps up to date. Be vigilant and install updates as soon as they are available.
- Only download software from trusted sites. Evaluate freeware and apps carefully before downloading them.
- Avoid browser plug-ins and extensions. Many go unpatched for long periods of time, opening up security holes that can be exploited by attackers.
- Look at the website URL. If a URL begins with HTTPS, it is secured using an SSL certificate. Remember that a site with SSL is generally more secure, but certificates can also be tampered with. You cannot automatically trust a website because it uses SSL.
For more information, see Be Safe Online on UM Safe Computing.
Thank you for doing everything you can to keep your information and Michigan Medicine’s information as safe as possible this holiday season!