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Top 5 Holiday Security Tips

‘Tis the season for over-indulging and spoiling our loved ones - not just for the holidays, but because there isn’t much else to do when there is too little snow for skiing, snowboarding  and snowmobiling, the lakes aren’t yet safe for skating, and the trails are a mucky mess until the ground freezes through.

So, with indoor indulgence being our “go-to” solution, we’d like to take a moment to remind you of some safe surfing and shopping tips to protect you and your family this holiday season.

  1. Update your Anti-Virus/Malware Protection Software: This should be a year round ritual. Often most effectively managed automatically by your software of choice, if you have elected to update your antivirus/malware programs manually, be sure to do this before conducting any online shopping. We strongly recommend automatic updates, and enable on-access (always running) protection for surfers.
  2. Update your Operating System and Web Browser: We also recommend automatic updates for your operating system as they not only include minor bug fixes, but they also repair security issues that may be exposed over time. Also ensure you are using the latest version of your web browser and any applicable updates - if you’re still using Internet Explorer 6...we have to talk.
  3. Change your passwords: This is another process that should become a ritual for anyone who shops, banks, socializes - and does virtually anything online. Change your passwords regularly, make them something complex and impersonal and use a different one for each web service you use. Now, if you have trouble remembering them (we all do) you may wish to make use of a Password manager that will track them all for you - leaving you to remember only one - make it a good one though!
  4. Shop Savvy: If you have found the perfect gift for someone special, but you’re unfamiliar with the online retailer, conduct your due diligence. Look up reviews from others who have made purchases from the same place, run a search through the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been registered, and if you are entering any private information, i.e. username, password, or credit card information ALWAYS make sure the site is secure (look for an “s” at the end of the “http” component of the site address) the “s” means it’s secure.  
  5. Backup your system: This is more for peace of mind than anything else. Malicious attacks aren’t only out to steal your sensitive information, they’ll regularly destroy your operating system and corrupt your stored data making it inaccessible. If all else fails and your system is breached, you can ensure you still have access to most if not all of your data by creating regular backups.
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