Consumers know to avoid the most common scams and security pitfalls, but their defenses may be down during the holidays. Schedules are tight, there’s a lot to be done in very little time, and Internet use is up as people research gift ideas to buy the perfect item for everyone on their list.

Thieves know this is a good time of year to strike. There’s less browsing and more buying, and shoppers are whipping out their credit cards both online and at the local mall. Fortunately, a bit of education can go a long way toward helping members stay safe no matter where their holiday activities take them.

Go Phish

Phishing continues to be popular and thieves are adding new tricks every day. Email phishing—where incoming emails appear to be from a trustworthy source but actually contain harmful links or attachments—hasn’t lost its appeal. In fact, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are increasingly used to deliver malicious links.

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