Keep your personal info safe while traveling this holiday season

University IT offers the following advice for protecting yourself from cybercriminals this holiday season. When traveling, pay extra attention to bank accounts, secure personal devices with passcodes, and consider using VPN in places that offer free public WiFi. Hold off on sharing information on social media until you return home as cybercriminals often troll accounts, looking for vulnerabilities. Most importantly, holiday seasons are a joyful time for scammers trying to steal your data, so avoid all suspicious phone calls or emails requesting immediate action—such as gift card purchasing—or personal information.


Holiday Security Tip: Last Minute Shopping & Delivery Scams

The holidays have a way of sneaking up on us, and so do scammers. If you find yourself making those last minute purchases, be a wise online shopper and only order your gifts from reputable companies. Be wary of scams like phishing emails or texts that pose as official notices from delivery companies asking for personal information, providing bogus “tracking links” and/or messages about shipment issues. When in doubt, go back to your online account for your order and tracking info. Always contact the company directly with concerns, and delete suspicious emails. University IT offers tips and more information on the Information Security website.