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What to look out for this Holiday Season

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Just like small businesses, cyber criminals are extra busy in the lead-up to Christmas — except they’re trying to find ways to break into your business.

To help keep your business safe, Cyber Wardens has launched a festive season small business guide to cyber security. It’s jam-packed with practical tips and quick wins that will safeguard your business from a cyber attack. Here’s a sneak peek of some advice:

1. Scammers will try to take advantage of how busy you are

It’s harder to spot a scam, fake invoice or phishing attack when your to-do list is overflowing. Cyber criminals are relying on the Christmas hustle hoping you will lose focus and miss things you might usually catch.

WHAT TO DO

2. Scammers will try to send you fake customer complaints

Nobody likes disappointing customers. Fake customer complaints may be sent to your email or as private messages on social media and include accusations of damaged or missing goods with a link to download a ‘photo’.

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WHAT TO DO

3. Scammers will try to send you fake invoices

While businesses are busy, scammers take the chance to ramp up fakes. Fake invoices, fake stock or supplies, fake refund requests, fake links, fake tech support, fake charities. They hope you will process the request during the busy period. According to Xero, nearly one in five Australian small businesses has been a victim of invoice fraud, falsely paying out huge sums ($15,500 on average).

WHAT TO DO

4. Scammers will try to target your staff as well

Cyber security is a whole-of-team sport — everyone can be a target, and everyone has a role to play in spotting and stopping attacks. You should regularly remind your staff that if they’re unsure if an invoice, email or call is from a legitimate source, they should raise it with you. Empower them to say no and escalate.

WHAT TO DO

Lock it up

Looking at the above, you can see that having a strong password is as important as having a good lock on your front door.

If your passwords are weak in any way, consider getting yourself an upgrade, and creating new ones.

Your passwords are the digital locks to your business, your identity and your salary.

Don’t leave your digital doors wide open – lock them up properly!

With Cyber Wardens, you can keep your digital floors clean and free of cyber criminals fishing.

Learn easy and simple cyber security tips for your small business

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