For those who want to avoid the chaos and crowds of Black Friday in shopping outlets, online shopping it the way to go. While there will be amazing deals online, there will also be many cybersecurity risks as well.
Nick Saunders, sales enablement manager at Mimecast says already there are over 400 000 cyber events reported in a six month period. This means one must be aware when shopping online.
Saunders says that there a couple of things one can look out for to remain safe when doing online shopping this Black Friday.
1. Be cautious of phishing emails and dodgy links.
Saunders says the most prevalent cyber attack comes in the form of emails. With many retailers sending out promotional emails for Black Friday.
Often these emails have links that take you to websites where they ask you to fill out your details and put your credit card details in. Make sure these emails and link are actually from the legitimate retailers.
They have become so sophisticated that you can't tell the difference between the legitimate website and the illegitimate one. until you realise your bank balance has become a lot less.— Nick Saunders, sales enablement manager at Mimecast
2. Verifying usernames and passwords
If you do end up on an illegitimate website, there may ask you verify your username and password.
Saunders says this opens your account up for someone to log in to your account and hack the details. This allows them to gain information about you or at worse get into your bank account.
3. Think before you click
With the number of promotions on Black Friday, added to the stress of this time of the year, we may just click on things without thinking. Saunders says it is important to remain aware.
For example, many people are going to be expecting packages from couriers. You may get an email saying sorry there is a problem with your delivery, we need you update your details or click on this link.
Saunders says people really have to think about it. Ask, am I waiting for delivery from a courier and do I really need to click on this?
4. Rather type in websites than click on links.
Saunders recommends physically typing in the web addresses for the online store you want to shop at and make sure that this is done correctly. This is far safer thank clicking through to them via email as you know which site you are going to.
5. Pay attention to the URLs of websites
Most retailers use secure websites. You can check if a website is secure by looking at the URL of the website, specifically first part of the URL.
In the address you'll see the 'https'. If it does not have the 's' in the code, that is probably not a legitimate website.— Nick Saunders, sales enablement manager at Mimecast
6. Use a separate bank account
If you can, Saunders recommends you have a separate bank account with limited funds for online shopping. This way in the event that something happens, it prevents your whole salary disappearing overnight.
7. Report incidents
If you suspect something or are hit with a cyber attack, Sauders says that you have to report it. Report it to the police, the retailer that you thought you were buying from and do not try and negotiate with hackers, he advises.
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