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As the holiday season approaches, online shopping and gift-giving are at the top of many people’s to-do lists. But before you hit the “buy” button, it’s important to remember that this time of year is also the peak season for cybercriminals.

In fact, cybercriminals often ramp up their efforts during the holidays, taking advantage of the influx of online shoppers and the general hustle and bustle of the season

Don’t let cybercriminals steal your holiday cheer – follow our simple steps to protect yourself and your personal information while shopping online, completing work tasks, or simply browsing the web.

Check everything twice

It’s common for scammers to lure people in with fake deals and offers during the holiday season. They may promise deep discounts on popular items or claim to have limited-time offers that are too good to pass up.

They may also create fake websites or emails that look like they are from legitimate companies to trick people into giving them sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or bank account information.

Here are some tips to help you be more cautious and do your research before making any purchases or providing personal information:

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