Key Safety Tips during Cyber Monday Online Shopping
The craze in the air is the availability of Cyber Monday deals, though it is tempting just to jump in and do your holiday shopping, it is paramount to consider several things when shopping online. Security of your credentials and financial details for your account are at a constant risk. It is vital to avoid shortcuts this cyber Monday while buying. You may never know of the risk you place yourself in whenever you click on Cyber Monday ads on an unsecured network.
There may be a scammer or hacker waiting to tap into the millions of dollars floating on online platforms after the advent and increase in online shopping. You may lose information or money quickly if not careful. Phishing is a common way of stealing your information. Detailed below are essential tips you need to follow when shopping.
Public networks are a big No!
Many facilities today have free Wi-Fi be it a shopping mall or café. Standing in a queue with free Wi-Fi may prompt you to start surfing looking for the best deal. You should overcome the temptation; free Wi-Fi hotspots are not well encrypted placing a risk on data flowing within such networks. Professionals in the digital world call the sites as ‘honeypot’ owing to the ease by hackers to steal information from unsuspecting shoppers. Where you use Wi-Fi in malls, airports or coffee shop, ask the staff to issue you with the Wi-Fi name or seek assistance from the authorities in the facilities.
Do your passwords match?
In pursuit of Cyber Monday specials, it might force you to open several accounts with different sites. It is important that each account should have a different password. Hackers have developed searchable lists of emails and passwords that they update based on cracked accounts. Where passwords are similar, it makes it easier for them to open several accounts if they possess the same password. In a case where you may be unable to remember passwords, use a password management app.
Be keen to spot typos
It is imperative to write the name of the website accurately. Hackers open near similar webpage for scamming unsuspecting shoppers. The names are made to appear close to the original site intended. Hackers know where people usually go wrong while typing and take advantage. Don’t risk, ensure you double check the website address before opening the site.
Change your default passwords
Every manufacturer while selling electronic products may use specific default passwords to aid connectivity. When you buy a product, take time to change these passwords to alienate any possibility of another person taking control of your devices.
Credit details should never be saved in the internet
Due to the frequency in a site, you might be tempted to give away your credit card details to avoid keying in every time you shop. Where one has saved the details, and the site gets compromised, there is a huge risk for you. Never worry that you take too much time to key in the details every time, safety comes first when shopping online.
Not every holiday card is genuine
Any links sent wishing you a great holiday may not be genuine, verify who sent the card before opening the link, it might be a hacker on the other end.
Read your credit card billing carefully
It might be a huge task going through your credit card bills; however, hackers are bent on exploiting your failure to check any transactions of $20 or $40. Flag any unknown charge to reverse any monies that may be obtained through hacking.
Certain links trigger the download of malicious software on your device. Never click on any email or links without verification that they are a trusted source. Hackers may send an email with a link to check the delivery date for something you recently bought. This link might be sent from a website other than the actual site. Where such email lands in your computer just visit the original website to view or click on a link given. Happy shopping!