Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Keep Yourself Safe

Find out why there is increased risk of hacking during Black Friday and Cyber Monday and learn how to remain protected online.

Black Friday is here and so is Cyber Monday, with all the special seasonal offers that many consumers are craving! However, it seems that these are the days for which hackers have been preparing themselves all this time.

Unfortunately, there are more sophisticated threats that we should all beware of, as hackers have been gathering their strengths and are ready to unleash their wrath. Does this mean that we are better off abstaining from all purchases? Well, with the bargains that can be found online, good luck with your efforts to do that!

The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center has tried to inform people on the imminent risks that are piling up, when it comes to cyber threats on these days. In fact, they have published a report on what needs to be done on behalf of all consumers, in avoidance of negative consequences related to seasonal sales. It is worth reading through the report and find out why hackers understand the risks and how they overcome them, so as to get their hands on your money.

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It is true that retailers have got their plates full and this means that they do not pay as much attention as they should be to preventive measures. As a result, hackers are left alone and they do what they know best – which is to intercept personal information and steal money online! ThreatMetrix has found an increase of 25% in the frauds prior to the holiday season.

What needs to be done, in order to avoid being compromised on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well, luckily things are not that devastating, assuming that you are vigilant. Here is what you should be focusing on, so that you can enjoy the holiday season and buy the things that you have been waiting for, without being tricked by anyone:

  • Only visit trusted websites, which are much safer to use. Do not trust any sites that you have never heard of, especially when you read through their offers and find them too good to be true. Search for the HTTPS on the address bar, since this is a great sign of security.
  • Allow encryption, as with this you will be able to prevent identity theft and the interception of your personal data (including the details of your credit card, apparently). VPN is a reliable method of using encryption throughout your web navigation and particularly throughout your financial transactions.
  • Do not click on any email links you find, even if they urge you to purchase an item of quality at half price or less. These links will most likely lead to your redirection somewhere unsafe and they can also be used for robbing you of your privacy.
  • Do not share your credit card credentials with anyone, even with your loved ones. More than that, you should not share them via an email or a private message on Facebook and other social media. This is a safe path to catastrophe!
  • Avoid Wi-Fi when purchasing something online, since publicly shared connections to the web include increased dangers and threats. Instead, use a private Internet connection that you know is secured and preferably encrypted.
  • Mobile devices are more prone to being hacked and they offer a more fertile ground for hackers to mislead you. Think about it, as you gaze through the merchandise of an e-shop from your limited sized screen and struggle to read the detailed description.

Enjoy Black Friday and Cyber Monday, taking full advantage of their special, limited offers for the holidays! Do so with absolute safety, though, since this is the best way to be jolly all-year-round!