KnowBe4 Security Tips: Holiday Shopping.

For many of us, the holiday season is about friends, family, food, and shopping! Two of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are coming up at the end of November. Unfortunately, while you’re looking for the perfect gift, cybercriminals are looking for ways to scam you.

Our security partner KnowBe4 has put together some helpful tips below that you can share with your employees to encourage safe shopping and protect your business during this season:

Never install unfamiliar software.

There are hundreds of shopping apps out there. Some apps may be malicious, so only use apps you know and trust. When you download software or apps, be sure to download from verified sources such as the App Store or Google Play. You can verify that an app is legitimate by reading the app’s reviews, checking the number of app downloads, and looking up the app’s developer.

Verify that attachments are safe before downloading them.

A common tactic among cybercriminals is to create phoney email notifications from a retailer or postal service. These notifications often include a malicious attachment. The cybercriminals may claim that there was an update to your order or that your package has been delayed, but you’ll have to download the attachment to find out more. Don’t fall for this trick! Before you open the attachment, contact the retailer or postal service to verify that the notification is legitimate. You can also look up your order directly on the website where you made the purchase

Verify links before clicking.

Watch out for malicious advertisements, otherwise known as malvertising. Malvertising is when cybercriminals use ads to spread malware or trick users into providing sensitive information. When online shopping, only click on an ad or link from a reputable source, such as a retailer’s official social media profile. To be extra careful, use your browser to navigate to the store’s official website to shop instead.

How can KnowBe4 and Covenco help?

Covenco works in partnership with KnowBe4, the world’s largest integrated platform for security awareness training combined with simulated phishing attacks – helping organisations manage the growing social engineering problem.

We partner with KnowBe4 to help you keep your users on their toes with security front of mind. With this new-school integrated platform, you can train and phish your users, see their phish-prone percentage improve over time, and get measurable results.

Train Your Users

The KnowBe4 platform delivers the world’s most extensive library of security awareness training content, including interactive modules, videos, games, posters, and newsletters. The platform also provides automated training campaigns with scheduled reminder emails.

Sign up here to build your automated security awareness program today.

Phish Your Users

The KnowBe4 platform also delivers best-in-class, fully automated simulated phishing attacks. There are thousands of templates to choose from, all with unlimited usage. The platform also includes access to community templates that offer tailored and unique phishing examples.

Find out what percentage of your employees are phish-prone with a free test.

Learn more about Covenco’s cyber security services here, and don’t forget to get in touch via the form below to discuss what’s best for your business with our data security experts.

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