This coming Friday, November 26, is ‘Black Friday’, with all sorts of online sales advertised and potential bargains on offer.
While Black Friday is a great chance to snap up some good deals ahead of Christmas, it is also the perfect opportunity for scammers and they will be out and about this year like every other year.
Here are some tips to help keep you safe in the workplace and in the home environment:
- You should be taking every opportunity to utilise multi-factor authentication (MFA) as part of your logon process.
- Don’t reuse passwords for all your accounts; if your password is compromised then the scammers can get access to all of your accounts.
- Use a password safe to store your unique passwords and make those passwords as long as possible, using an easily remembered phrase that only you will know.
- Fake package delivery notifications are common scams – be wary and check for legitimacy before clicking on links or attachments in emails or text messages.
Stay safe this coming Black Friday and every other day – be security smart and be cyber aware!
To learn more about scams, visit www.scamwatch.gov.au or the Queensland Police Service’s R U in Control campaign at www.police.qld.gov.au/safety-and-preventing-crime/r-u-in-control.
For more tips ahead of Black Friday: https://mypolice.qld.gov.au/news/2021/11/24/tips-to-protect-yourself-from-black-friday-scams/
–Senior Constable Luke Turner (Logan Police)