How to Get Hacked This Holiday Season

Editor’s note: This is satire. SailPoint strongly encourages you to take your cybersecurity very seriously, and if you’re looking for some ways to do that then head over to this blog post.

The season of giving and goodwill has arrived once more. Jolly tunes are playing in the distance, department stores are raising their holiday banners and lowering their prices, and people are gathering near and far to spend time with their loved ones.

As you make your holiday plans, we know there is so much to do and so little time. So, we have created this guide to help you know just how to get hacked this holiday season.

Holiday Steals

‘Tis the season for a good deal, and what better way to find one than in your own email inbox! See an email offering a great discount on that TV you were eyeing? Do not waste your time hovering over the link or checking the sender because great deals do not last forever. Simply click through and see what lies beyond – you will be the envy of the neighborhood with that fancy new screen! And don’t forget to give out your email and phone number to every retailer you can. How else will you even find out about those deals?

Sharing the Joy of Wi-Fi

Let’s be honest, there is only so much time you can spend with family and friends before your sanity well runs dry. Save time and keep that well overflowing by opening your Wi-Fi network so everyone can enjoy mindlessly scrolling social media together. Heck, even your neighbors will appreciate your giving spirit, and your nephew will no longer resent you for making him type out that 27 alphanumeric buzzkill of a password. Streaming for everyone!

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

How do you think the big guy up north keeps up with all the children around the world? In this day and age, Santa is watching and listening with the power of smart devices. Activate your Alexas and Google homes to make the big guy’s life a lot easier! Even your children’s internet-connected toys help him keep a close watch on what your children are up to and whether they have earned fun new gadgets or a good-old-fashioned lump of coal in their stockings.

Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful. Cybersecurity is not something many of us are thinking of while we’re sipping on eggnog by the fire, and why start now? Rather than missing out even a moment of holiday fun or letting the fear of getting hacked put a damper on the festivities, let this be a guide for all the ways you and your family can expose your personal information and data for the twelve days of Christmas and beyond. All without missing a single festive beat.


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