As families embrace online gift-giving, social media updates and engagements, and holiday cheer, cybercriminals see a prime opportunity to steal data, spread malware, and disrupt our digital peace.

Here are a few steps, from Telecom Namibia, to assist you in turning your home into a fortress of cybersecurity, ensuring your family’s safety this festive season.

Gift with Caution:

  • Scrutinize online marketplaces: Before making a purchase research the seller’s reputation and reviews. Stick to verified platforms and be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.

  • Beware of phishing scams: Emails claiming “unbeatable deals” or “free festive downloads” could be phishing attempts. Never enter personal information on suspicious websites.

  • Secure financial transactions: Use trusted payment methods with strong encryption and avoid making purchases on public Wi-Fi networks.

  • Always look for "https" when browsing, especially when entering sensitive information. The extra "s" means a secure connection, shielding your data from prying eyes.

Browse Securely:

  • Stay updated: Ensure your family’s devices have the latest software updates installed to patch security vulnerabilities.

  • Protect your Wi-Fi: Use a strong password for your home Wi-Fi network and avoid sharing it with unauthorized users.

  • Think before you post: Social media oversharing during the holidays can be a goldmine for cybercriminals. Be mindful of what you post, especially personal information like travel plans or locations.

Empower your family by discussing online safety:

  • Talk openly about cybersecurity: Make online safety a regular conversation with your family. Explain online threats and empower them to identify and avoid potential risks.

  • Set online boundaries: Establish rules and time limits for internet usage, especially for younger children. Encourage responsible online behavior and discourage excessive screen time.

  • Invest in security tools: Consider using antivirus software and parental controls to provide additional layers of protection for your family’s devices.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can keep your family’s cybersecurity in check this festive season. Telecom Namibia is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our customers, and we encourage you to implement these measures to protect your digital wellbeing.



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