Holiday Shopping Online: Safety on Black Friday, Cyber Monday
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What are the latest online security tips as we head into another holiday season? What’s the best cyber advice, and what shopping trends should you watch out for?
November 20, 2022 •
Two years ago, as we were heading into the first holiday season in a century amid a global pandemic, everything about shopping changed. At that time, I wrote a blog that proclaimed, “COVID-19 Turning Black Friday into ‘Cyber November.’” Here’s an excerpt from the way we were:
“Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, because our global pandemic is changing our new normal — again. In 2020, holiday shopping is more virtual than ever, with deals coming earlier in November.
Refinery29 wrote as back in March that everyone wants to hang out back at the malls again. Why? “There’s also a nostalgia factor at play here. We’re all yearning for a simpler time when the biggest decision facing us on a Saturday afternoon was: Should I get this crewneck in blue or purple, instead of: Should I get the Pfizer or Moderna booster?”
But regardless of what type of shopping you are planning to do this year, how can you stay safe?
SAFE SHOPPING ONLINE
Here are some online shopping tips from industry experts:
1. Be Cautious
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. While Black Friday deals can offer huge discounts that are genuine, people still need to make money. Anything ridiculously cheap is a red flag.
- It is worth checking the reputation score of retailers via sites like Trustpilot to determine if that retailer can be trusted.
- A website with no company address, descriptions or specifications on items are all red flags. Look for the details. And do not base purchases solely off star ratings, as these can be fake.
- Pop-ups that offer free electronics are one of the obvious scams, containing malicious phishing links, and should be avoided at all costs.
- Read the small print. Often cons are perfectly visible if you know what to look for. Like seeing a picture of a laptop being advertised, going to buy said laptop for a reduced rate without reading the small print, and receiving a literal picture of a laptop in the post. The devil is in the details.
2. Use Reputable Websites/Companies
Tried and Tested — using websites that are globally known, such as Argos, Amazon and Curry’s, is a good way to avoid any nasty surprises. Even if it is a couple of pounds more, it is worth knowing where your money is going and that your purchase will be tracked and delivered.
Use antivirus software that will warn you of potentially dangerous sites in search results as well.
3. Stop, Look, Check, Pay
Check for the padlock icon when at the checkout. Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) are used to ensure data is encrypted before being transmitted across the web. It is also an indication that an organization has been verified. Keep an eye out for HTTPS in the address bar rather than HTTP, as this highlights that a site uses SSL.
Make sure the website that you intend to shop on is not a copy of a legitimate one. Verify that the date and name of the organization are consistent with the site you are visiting. And look for typos in the URL. Your best bet is to go directly to the website yourself, and do not access it through links on other sites/emails.
4. Check Delivery Times
5. Check the Box
6. Check Your Bank Account
- Use a credit card or payment method which offers protection (i.e., PayPal).
- Check your accounts regularly for fraudulent activity.
- Only provide enough details to complete your purchase (no extra details required).
Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/holiday-shopping-online-safety-on-black-friday-cyber-monday