Black Friday is on our doorstep, followed quickly by Cyber Monday, and of course, the frenzy that is shopping for the festive season, hundreds of thousands of people will be logging on to shop up a storm.
Beware of fake websites
During the sales period, websites are often cloned to fool consumers into thinking they are shopping on a legitimate site.
The website may appear almost identical to the real site, however, look out for subtle changes such as images that are pixelated, functions on the site may not working properly, and double-check the address of a site to confirm it’s the real deal.
Only shop on secure sites
Before entering any information into a website, always check that the site is safe and secure. You can do this by hovering your mouse over the URL and checking the validity of the web address.
You should look for a padlock symbol in the address bar and check that the URL begins with a ‘https://’ or ‘shttp://’. Without HTTPS, any data passed on the site is insecure and could be intercepted by cybercriminals.
Make sure your password is strong
Creating a strong password is one of the easiest ways you can protect yourself from being hacked online.
It is often tempting to use the same password for multiple accounts, but this puts you at great risk of having your data stolen. It’s best to use a unique username and password for separate online accounts so that should you be phished, cybercriminals will have access to your other online accounts.
Be careful when using public WiFi
Using public WiFi to search for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals could open you up to a range of security risks as it requires no authentication to establish a network connection allowing fraudsters direct access to any unsecured devices on the same open network.
This means hackers can steal valuable information such as login passwords, credit card info, and other personal and financial details. It can also be used to spread malware.
Keep an eye on your bank statements to spot fraudulent activity
It’s always worth keeping a close eye on bank statements and making sure your bank account has immediate notifications, to make sure there are no unusual transactions on your account. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday there will be lots of online activity, so keep an eye out for unusual debits from your account that could normally go undetected. BUSINESS REPORT