Protect personal data from cybercrimes during holiday season, expert warns

Dr. Moniphia Hewling, head of the Cyber Incidence Response Team (CIRT), has urged Jamaicans to be extra careful in protecting their personal and financial information during the festive season.
She said, during this time of the year, there is usually an increase in cybercrimes globally, as persons do more online shopping.
She said last-minute shoppers tend to fall victim as they go online for special offers.
Dr. Hewling said persons need to double-check, call the business, check the ratings and comments of customers of the company, and try to verify the authenticity of the outlet before making a purchase.
She noted that during this season, fake websites usually pop up, imitating genuine ones, with the only difference being '.com' instead of '.net' or with a letter missing.
Additionally, the CIRT head said persons need to protect their devices, ensuring that they have the most up-to-date software and some sort of security.

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