Tips for a Grinch-Free Holiday

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12.11.2017
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Security
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Ameris Bank

You’ve waited all year and the holidays are finally here. But, you’re not the only one who has been waiting. Cybercriminals have also been waiting to take advantage. Don’t let grinches ruin your holiday; keep your holiday safe and secure with these cybersecurity travel tips.

Before you leave:

UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE.

Make sure you have the latest security software, web browser and operating system installed on your device. This will help defend against viruses, malware and other online threats.

BACK UP YOUR INFORMATION.

It is always a good practice to back up your data regularly to another device or cloud service.

LOCK IT UP.

Get in a habit of locking your device when you are not using it and make sure you have strong passwords.

While you are traveling:

USE CAUTION WHEN CONNECTING.

Public Wi-Fi connections are a cybercriminal’s playground. If you do use a public network don’t conduct activities, such as banking or online shopping, where personal information is needed.

THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.

When in doubt, throw it out. A common play for cybercriminals is to put bad links in emails or online posts in an effort to compromise your computer and steal personal information. If you are questioning it don’t risk it.

GUARD YOUR DEVICES.

Don’t leave your devices unattended in a public place. This will help prevent theft and guard against others from having access to your sensitive information. In the event that one of your devices does get stolen, having a strong password can help protect you.

THINK BEFORE YOU POST.

Try and wait to post pictures and turn off your location tagging. Don’t make it easy for criminals to identify where you are. Posting photos, especially this time of year, reminds people that you aren’t home. This could make you a prime target for break-ins.


The information voiced in this material is for general information and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.