As much as we keep avoiding the elephant in the room, Christmas is fast approaching (How does time go so quickly?) We will be on urgent call-out most of Christmas but will be shutting the doors for some Christmas Festivities:
Our office will be closed from 6.00 p.m. on Friday the 23rd of December 2016.
We are on call for urgent breakdowns – Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th December from 8.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
The office will reopen fully on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
For all of you out there starting to panic about last minute shopping we thought we’d share these ‘stay safe’ tips!. MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR –
Safe Online Shopping Tips for Christmas and the Bank Holiday sales! Happy Shopping
The 12 days of Christmas countdown has commenced! People start to hit ‘panic-shop’ mode – Not enough shopping days left! No annual leave! Don’t get carried away. As more and more people turn to online shopping to avoid the chaos that is Christmas, so do the on-line Grinches! Determined to ruin your Christmas.
So while you shop from your comfy armchair you still need to be vigilant! While online shopping takes away the threat of pick-pockets there is still the big threat that someone is stealing your personal information if you don’t take precautions for safe online Christmas shopping.
- Don’t let ‘Grinch through the door’ – The number one way to protect your devices and data is to install mobile anti-virus software and make sure it’s up to date.
- Ho-ho-hold on before you click on a link delivered to you in an email. If the offer seems too good to be true it probably is! It could be a “phishing” scam, where shoppers who click through are led to a false site developed to steal their data. Good practise is to enter the website name by hand into your browser.
- Santa’s watching! And so are thieves unless you lock your device. Webroot found that a surprising 53% of respondents leave their devices unlocked, which can expose their personal information to prying eyes. Most devices request that you lock it with a password or code; take advantage of this feature to keep your information secure.
- ‘Appy holidays: For safe online shopping, make sure your apps are downloaded from a trusted source, such as the Android Market, Apple App Store or the Amazon App Store. When you download the app, it will ask for various “permissions.” Be sure to read through them and note whether they make sense. For example, does a shopping app need access to your contact list? Another way to check on the safety of apps is to read through the feedback in the comments section of the market and choose apps with a high rating.
- There’s no place like home at Christmas … for safe online shopping. Remember, a secure network connection – (i.e. most homes or workplaces – is ideal). Public Wi-Fi can be hacked by someone with the right tools, exposing your passwords, billing information and other sensitive data. Therefore, if you’re using a public connection, it’s best to limit yourself to window-shopping and price comparing, rather than buying.
- Deck your halls: A security app is more than ornamental window dressing – it’s vital for online shopping. Webroot found that only 40% of respondents have a security app installed on their smartphones and tablets, putting their devices and personal information at risk. Take a hint from older surfers: While younger users more often use their devices for shopping – to place orders, compare prices and download coupons – the survey found that users aged 50 and older were more likely to have security on their device.
Above all, to stay healthy and wealthy, you’ve got to be wise. Just as you would exercise caution with your wallet and belongings in a crowded shopping centre, remember to be as vigilant online. Keep your cyber information secure.
If you need any IT advice or support get in touch with the team at CT. (T. 0161 798 4336). In the meantime have a fantastic Christmas and New Year.