December is a time of giving. Not only do we share the spirit of the season to our friends and family, but we also offer our charity to nonprofit organizations to help those in need.
According to NonProfitSource, nearly a third of charitable donations are given in December. Every year, it ranks as the most popular time to donate.
Unfortunately, cybercrime also picks up during the holiday season. Cyber criminals know money will change hands more frequently during the popular shopping months. They take advantage by employing a handful of malicious tactics: phishing schemes, ransomware, spyware attacks and social engineering, among others.
Cyber Criminals Target Charities
For-profit companies aren’t the only entities that must worry about hackers. Charitable organizations are particularly vulnerable to hackers. Many of these organizations don’t have the resources to hire cybersecurity professionals. Even as the global numbers of attacks against nonprofits rise, many of these organizations aren’t taking (or can’t take) the kinds of actions needed to thwart attackers and respond to data breaches.
Another way hackers bilk the charity-minded is by posing as charitable organizations themselves. In this way, they con people who donate and deprive organizations of much-needed funds. These attacks can be carried out via email phishing schemes or phony websites.
So if you’re planning on giving to charity this year, make sure your money goes toward the organization for which it’s intended. That means being extra-careful about following good cyber hygiene practices.
Rather than following links from an email, navigate directly to the site for the organization you wish to support. You can find these sites through charity-watchers such as CharityNavigator.org — and learn more about which ones make the most of donated funds. Also, keep your network protected with antivirus software, and be sure to follow guidelines for strong passwords and authentication.
Charities and nonprofits can take action against malware, just like for-profit businesses. Lunarline offers a number of products and services that fit reasonably within the budget of a small business. Visit us online today to discover all the ways we can help your organization.