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Holidays, online security, and Cyber Month deals

Oct 28, 2020

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It’s a fantastic initiative helping many people discover digital security practices for the first time. This year’s Cyber Awareness Month motto is #becybersmart. But with the growing cybercrime rate, we figured that 30 days of awareness won’t cut it.

That’s why we’re joining the Cyber Month campaign in November and offering NordLocker at a massive discount. Encrypt your files and sync 500GB of data to an end-to-end encrypted cloud. You can secure any type of file. In addition to NordLocker, there are many other ways you can stay secure, and we will share those below. So, take your privacy back and secure your files in time for the holidays. It’s important, and here’s why.

Cybercrime during the holidays

When the FBI warns you about something, you should listen. And the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warns us about cyber threats every year before the holidays. Because for you these are holidays, but it’s peak working hours for hackers, scammers, and thieves. When we’re stressed out, tired, inattentive, and in a rush, we can easily become targets of cybercrime. To help you prevent that, below we’re sharing some holiday cybersecurity tips.

Stay safe online

At NordLocker, we share cybersecurity news all year long. But the holiday season is not like the rest of the year. Online shopping spikes during the last two months of the year globally and it’s always followed by a spike in cybercrime. Here’s what you should keep in mind while browsing online:

  • Double-check the seller’s url. If you find yourself on a new website, inspect the site and its URL before you enter any information.
  • Did you order from Amazon? During the holidays, a common phishing scam involves sending people a prompt to check their Amazon order. This may sound obvious, but, before you click on anything in these emails, take a minute to remember whether you even made an order.
  • Also, bookmarks. Bookmark your favorite websites. This way, you will always know that you haven’t landed on a copycat website.
  • And better passwords! You never know how websites handle your data. If hackers can get to that data and steal users’ passwords, they will likely try to use the same passwords on other platforms. Password managers can help you create strong passwords in seconds, while NordPass can also notify you if any of your passwords have ever been revealed in a breach.
  • Beware of long-lost friends. If there’s ever a time when you can expect a message from distant uncles and long-lost friends, it’s the holidays. Reaching out is lovely, but if those messages contain links, be on your guard.
  • Buy or leave. Many people don’t know that leaving a cart full of items can expose their data. So, rule number one: either complete your purchase or empty your shopping cart. Rule number two: find out whether your ISP is collecting supercookies and, if it does, ask them to opt you out.

Staying safe in coffee shops, supermarkets, and at your parents’

Let’s face it — this won’t be a typical holiday season. We may spend more time indoors this year, but millions of people will still look for gifts in supermarkets and visit their families during the holidays. Here are a few more tips on staying safe in the physical as well as the digital world.

  • Don’t use public Wi-Fi, especially for shopping. It may seem evident , but sometimes you can stay secure just by following the basics. You don’t know how the shop manages Wi-Fi data or who else is on it. If you need to use public Wi-Fi, use a VPN to avoid giving your data away.
  • Protect your data before you go out. Whether you’re visiting a pumpkin festival or enjoying the city’s holiday decorations, protect your devices. Losing a device is bad enough, but imagine someone getting their hands on your data. NordLocker can secure your files easily. Even if a thief had your computer, they’d have no way to open your files in NordLocker.
  • Use a secure cloud. NordLocker can protect the data on your computer locally or send it to a private cloud. Not only are your files secure from exposure,but will also be restored when you log in from a new device. Plus, having your files on hand is never a bad thing.
  • Share your knowledge. Digital security depends a great deal on how cyber-aware the people around you are. If you need a way to tame a heated political debate during Christmas dinner, it could be a great opportunity to teach your uncle Ben how to stay secure online.
  • Stock up on portable apps. Portable apps like a desktop keyboard or a notepad can help you stay secure while you’re on someone else’s computer. If you create a cloud locker for portable apps, any time you log in to your NordLocker account, you will always have your favorite apps with you.

What you should know about NordLocker’s Cyber Month

Like we mentioned in the beginning, we’re joining the Cyber Month campaign in November. It’s a time when you can get all NordSec products like NordVPN and NordPass for a fraction of their usual price.

Cyber Month may be over, but you can still protect your digital privacy and save big with NordLocker. Sign up for NordLocker’s 12-month plan and save 50%. You get unlimited encryption, 500 GB of private cloud storage, and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be complicated. Get NordLocker today 50% off!

John Sears

John Sears

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John believes that the best things in life are simple. He uses the same approach when he’s writing about online security. John says that his #1 pet peeve is phishing scams. Ironically, his favorite non-work related activity is fishing.