Black Friday is over, here's Cyber Monday.
As people seek out the best deals online, cyber criminals are likely to try and take advantage of eager shoppers.
If you prefer to avoid the crowds on the high-street then the internet is a great way to avoid the stress of the chaos of the shops.
£943 million is expected to be spent online on Cyber Monday, up from the £720 million spent last year. It is little wonder that hackers and criminals will try to take advantage. Shoppers need to be aware of fake emails and websites that aim to steal your bank details, your cash or other sensitive data.
There are a few ways to ensure that you don’t get scammed during the run up to Christmas.
What to be aware of-
Don’t open suspect emails
The oldest and one of the most effective methods hackers use to scam people is to send emails containing dodgy links. If you see emails in your inbox with offers that are too good to be true, avoid. If the email appears to be from a legitimate site remain cautious, chances are that if you click the link you will be taken to a fake website set up to steal your details.
If you are unsure, open your web browser and search for the deal yourself. If you can’t find the deal mentioned in the email then it’s probably a scam.
Only use sites you trust
With some of the sales deals offering 50% off it can be tough to figure what offer is legitimate and what isn’t. To avoid this, only shop on websites that you trust. Shoppers scouting around for cheap deals may be tempted to use other sites but this could lead to them ending up on scam websites. It’s best to stick to reputable, well-known companies.
Update your antivirus/malware software
Viruses and malware are likely to be the scammers tools of choice this sales season so be sure to update your antivirus and malware software. It also wouldn’t hurt to do a scan of your computer after your shopping frenzy to ensure that nothing harmful has got onto it.
For more tips on being safe online this Christmas read https://pgicyber.com/NewsandEvents/The-Digital-Dangers-of-Black-Friday or get in touch with us at PGI Cyber.