Cyber Safe Holiday Shopping Resource
Warmest Digital Wishes! Tis the season for online gift buying. The National Retail Federation forecasts an increase in online holiday sales this year between 7 and 10 percent over last year (2015) – to as much as $117 billion.
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Cyber Safe Holiday
In 2016, high-tech connected devices such as fitness trackers, video cameras and home appliances – known as the Internet of Things (IoT) – are on wish lists and gift guides like never before. A new survey from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) found that more than a third of holiday gift givers (36%) plan to purchase internet-connected gadgets and gear for family and friends. But wait: before you give the gift of connectivity, don’t let hackers get in your way.
According to the survey, 54 percent of respondents reported a raised level of concern about the security of their internet-connected devices following the “distributed denial of service” or DDoS attack in October. This cyber attack used internet-connected devices, such as cameras, home appliances and baby monitors, to disrupt popular online platforms like Amazon, Twitter and Reddit.