Holiday Shopping Safety Guide: Protect Yourself from Black Friday and Cyber Monday Scams

The shopping season has approached, and customers are already planning their holiday splurges for the end of the year. If you are one of those 334 million Americans who are going to be part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you might want to take a glance at your emails and discount links for more details about the retail and e-commerce stores and make a shopping list before the sale.

However, all these moves are frequently being tracked by criminals to get your information and benefit themselves. There are numerous ways that cybercriminals take undue advantage of these rush hours, from spam, and clickbait to duping URLs, and one wrong move may put your valuable information in the wrong hands.

In today’s article, let’s focus on the best practices that customers can use to defend themselves from common cyber threats and other malicious activities.

Check Twice Before Giving Out Credit Card Information

Credit card information can be stolen in several ways by cybercriminals during this festive season.

Here are a few things you must check before giving your credit card information:

Read for customer reviews and double-check the URL before making any online payments.

According to global sources, around 65% of users face irregular pop-up purchases while using credit cards or other modes of e-payment. Take note of how much personal information you are providing to any website before checking out.

Don’t Shop on Hotspots

Even though open hotspots are free and easy to use, customers should be aware of safety and security before connecting to the public Wi-Fi network.

Avoid shopping on public Wi-Fi networks, like in airports, coffee shops, or shopping malls. Open hotspots are extremely dangerous, as it is the perfect time for hackers to get into your PC, tablet, and mobile devices.

Hackers generally use open hotspots to intercept communications between you and the connection point, so instead of interacting directly with the hotspots, you send your information to the hacker.

It is always recommended to use a VPN (virtual private network) service, which creates a secured and private tunnel between your device and open hotspots.

Gone are those days when you had to stand in long queues to shop and get your billing processes done. Today, times have changed and the last few decades have witnessed a drastic change in the way we shop. Globally, we have entered the world of digitization, where everything from shopping to checking works on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and you can get your package delivered to your home in just a few clicks.

For secure online shopping, you need to simply follow the above best practices that will make your shopping experience stress-free and smooth as butter.

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