You may have already noticed this holiday shopping season feels different than those we’ve had before. Headlines about supply chain issues, worker shortages, costs rising—all while the pandemic continues to impact our lives. In my own inbox, I saw emails from brands touting Black Friday sales as early as October! An attempt to get ahead of any shipping delays that are widely expected to impact the holiday season. It’s no surprise that according to a recent Microsoft survey,1at least63 percent of holiday shopping will be done online.
While we all grapple with these challenges and what they mean for our holiday traditions and celebrations, there is another group that is evaluating what it means for them—hackers. We know bad actors aim to understand the psychology of their victims—what tricks will they fall for and what vulnerabilities they have. And this year, there are some new areas around which we all need to be extra vigilant. Luckily, if we are aware andtake simple steps to protect ourselves, we can all have peace of mind this season.