It happens every year. The minute the smell of turkey starts escaping ovens, retailers start announcing their deals, discounts, and door-busters. Cards, catalogs, and coupons fill up our physical mailboxes. And electronic advertisements pummel us from our inboxes, social media feeds, and every site we visit. Deals are flying around everywhere. Gifts are exchanged among friends, family, and coworkers. People are buying lots of crap, both online and in brick-and-mortar stores.
The month leading up to Christmas is a veritable feeding frenzy for retailers and shoppers alike.
It’s also a first-class, grade-A, prime-time opportunity for hackers, criminals, and other unsavory specimens to pick your pocket, hack your accounts, and otherwise ruin your holiday.