In the face of the pandemic, online shopping is likely to increase significantly this holiday season. In addition, several fraudulent campaigns will also circulate. The experience of buying Christmas online is as safe as possible and in that sense you need to be very attentive.
Get to know some tips for shopping online in maximum security.
ESET leaves some valuable tips so that users can stay safe from the hands of cybercriminals as they move forward in their quest to find the perfect gifts. Ricardo Neves, Marketing Manager at ESET Portugal, says that…
it is extremely important that users follow the recommendations in order to be safe in carrying out their activities and digital purchases. Festive seasons usually represent yet another window of opportunity for cybercrime, with the adoption of security technology and good practices making the difference
Tips for online shopping
Buy only from trusted online stores
Mitigating the risks associated with online shopping means avoiding suspicious stores, with no proven evidence in the market, or with questionable reviews. Choose reputable sellers to avoid scams.
Reminder: There are offers too good to be true
During the festive season, cybercriminals bet on the notion that no one can resist a good price. But users should keep an eye out, especially if they find luxury brand products or gadgets at prices well below the market price. Extreme promotions are suspect, especially if they originate from an unknown seller.
Look for sites that use encryption (HTTPS)
Before proceeding to the shopping cart, make sure the online store uses encryption. This can be detected by the logo of a small padlock in the address bar of your browser and a web address that begins with "https: //".
This type of encryption ensures that sensitive data, such as your account credentials, will not be sent clearly, adding an extra layer of protection, regardless of whether you are shopping using your home Wi-Fi or a Wi-Fi hotspot. public (which you should still avoid). But beware: there are already fraudulent websites that use encryption, so be vigilant and make sure you are dealing with a reputable seller.
Use top security software that includes protection on the Internet
While shopping online, one of the best security measures you can take is to use a complete security solution. As a rule, they include features such as blocking suspicious websites, offering protection against most types of attacks, and even payment protection for purchases and transactions.
Think before you buy or provide your personal information
What you are buying, where, and what kind of information the store is asking you while completing your purchase are questions you should ask before moving on. If you decide to buy, check the data that the seller requests, fill in only the necessary information and do not share too much to avoid that the data will end up in the wrong hands in the event of an information leak.
Check your statement and contact your credit card provider and store if you notice anything suspicious
After making a purchase, it is a good idea to check your account balance and make sure everything goes smoothly. If anything is incorrect, contact your credit card provider immediately to understand what is going on, and if something suspicious arises, you can avoid losing your money to cybercriminals by blocking your cards.