The holidays are a great time for bringing the
family together and for taking some time off work. But truth be told, the world
does not stop during the holidays, and people still need to work on important
and urgent matters. In fact, 53% of working people work remotely during the
holidays, with 30% of which do so several times a day, according to this poll.
Singles’ Day, or “Worlds Shopping Day”, marks the start of the November shopping season, followed by Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Shoppers from all across the globe participate in this purchasing craze, with a drastically growing number of consumers getting their shopping done online rather than at a brick & mortar store, at a staggering 16% vs. only 2% annual increase last year in the US alone, respectively. They wait anxiously all year long to finally get that brand new TV or car, so much that they stand in line outside these shops hours before the doors open and once they do, all hell breaks loose. Others just use this time to get their holiday shopping done for a better price than they would normally find it for. Whatever the reason may be, popular retailers offer huge discounts that are just too hard to resist.
Halloween is around the corner, and you know what that means – scary customs, scary movies, scary decorations, and, unfortunately, scary cyberattacks. This holiday seems to cause sneaky cyber criminals to rise up from the dead and initiate all kinds of cyberattacks, phishing in particular. Phishing is fraudulent attempt by cyber criminals to collect sensitive information online by pretending to be a trustworthy company or person. Since last year alone, phishing attempts have risen by a scary 40.9%, with 1.5 million new phishing websites being created each month. These attacks cause way too many people to fall victim to pranks that seem completely innocent, but end up costing them a fortune, and what better time to evoke a little fear and phish for goods than on Halloween?