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December 2016 

Hello Valued Reader,

Happy Holidays! We've put together a special December holiday newsletter edition that is sure to educate, add to your shopping list, and protect your business from cybercriminals.

The 12 days of technology article below contains all sorts of ideas for the technology-driven coworkers, family and friends on your shopping list. And maybe, just maybe, you'll have to pick something up for yourself too!

Then we move on to ways in which you need to protect your business data, systems and financial information in Don't let cybercriminals cash in on your business this holiday. We have seen cyberciminals cashing in on our clients' businesses this past year by taking advantage of staff vulnerabilities and knowledge. Thus, we put together some tips to follow to avoid becoming ensnared in the cybercriminals ploys. 

And last, but certainly not least, check out the article about a fake smartphone app scheme, and the Quick Tip on how Cortana may help you with your shopping. 

Happy holidays to you!

Angela Wight
Director of Marketing

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Technology Gifts.jpg12 Days of Technology

Buying gifts for the tech lover in your life doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out our list of technology that will surely delight and surprise your friends and family this holiday season.

First Day of Technology

Google Daydream view - Buy Now
This Virtual Reality headset and controller lets you explore new worlds, watch movies, and play games with you at the center of action.

Second Day of Technology

Google Home Speaker - Buy Now
As a voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant, you are able to ask Google Home questions, tell it to do things, and ask for help just by starting with “OK Google.”


Cyber Criminals.jpgDon't let Cybercriminals Cash in on your business this holiday

Yes, it’s a wonderful time of year! The holiday spirit abounds—time with family, friends and special events. And yet, for businesses it’s also a time to watch out for criminals looking to take advantage of vulnerabilities at the holidays.

Some security basics to implement now:

1. Warn employees to watch out for phishing scams, fake-outs, phony websites, and malicious ads.

There are all sorts of phishing emails this time of year. Seemingly coming from UPS, FedEx, USPS, or other legitimate companies, the email links lead you to places with malware or a phony website trying to collect personal or financial information.  Take a look at our past blog post which trains you on how to identify phishing emails: The anatomy of a phishing email.

Fake Apps.jpgWatch out for fake smartphone apps!

The holidays are here and the scammers are out in full force. Their latest trick is fake apps. Starbucks started the first "retail app", and many retailers have followed their lead.
But scammers are now creating fake apps, tricking you into downloading them to your smartphone or tablet, and then they ask you to load your credit card information into these apps.  You can guess what happens next and it is not good.
Here are 5 things to think about:
1. Be very cautious in deciding what apps to download to your smartphone or tablet. Better safe than sorry.
2. If you *do* decide to download an app, first thing to check is the reviews, apps with few or bad reviews are a big red flag.


Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

From all of us at CoreTech

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