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Your Holiday Guide to Safe Cybershopping

Your Holiday Guide to Safe Cybershopping - itvortex

Individuals and retailers aren’t the only ones getting ready for the biggest shopping season of the year. The holiday shopping season is also a big event for cybercriminals. Every holiday season, security researchers document spikes in online criminal activity, ranging from phishing scams, fake shopping sites, and credit card skimming software, to malicious and compromised applications being posted in online app stores. At the same time, because people will be getting out their credit cards to make sometimes large numbers of purchases, attackers assume that a few fraudulent transactions may be easily missed.

Here are a few tips to help you have a happy – and secure – holiday shopping season.

Get Ready

One of the best ways to ensure a safe cybershopping experience is to prepare for it.

Go the Extra Mile

While the tips listed above are an important start, there are a few more things that you should consider if you are adamant about safe cyber shopping.

Shop Safely

Pay Attention

Be aware that cybercriminals will go to great lengths to spoof popular shopping sites. However, there are ways to tell if you have landed on a site you need to worry about.

An Ounce of Prevention…

Online shopping and the growing digital marketplace are transforming our world, giving us fast access to a wider variety of things than at any other time in history. However, this expanded landscape comes with real risks that need to be understood.

People looking to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers have been around as long as there have been marketplaces to shop in. Today’s cybercriminals are no different. They are not only technically savvy, they also recognize the latest consumer trends, understand the underlying assumptions shoppers make, and know how to exploit them. However, by taking the time now to educate ourselves and others, we can have a productive – and safe – holiday shopping experience.

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