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    Posted on November 24th, 2021 at 20:15 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ransomware warning – the holiday season is the time for attacks

    As we enter the American Thanksgiving time, everyone at AskWoody would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season … unless you are an attacker.

    And if you are an attacker, we wish you clumps in your turkey gravy and coal in your Christmas stocking.

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reminds us not to let our guard down.

    Just recently Edge added the “Super Duper secure mode” to their stable channel. (I wrote about this a bit back). Always review your settings in your browser to ensure it’s as secure as you can be and when in doubt, don’t click. Sometimes picking up the phone or using an alternative method to get the information you need is wiser.

    For home users, be extra careful of scams. Gift cards are not always the greatest gift to give someone. Just ask my Dad who had to buy his own Ruth’s Chris steak house dinner when the gift card we bought him was already used by someone else. Buy from the stores directly, not from the card hanging up at the aisle in your grocery or convenience store.  Of course, I think a perfect gift idea is a subscription to the AskWoody newsletter, but I’m very biased.

    Stay safe this holiday season and click carefully.