Cyber Monday Security
For most web-savvy shoppers, the advent of Cyber Monday is much preferable to Black Friday. You can do all the shopping you need to from the privacy of your own home or office, without the hassle of long lines, large crowds and fighting other people over the stuff you want.
But Cyber Monday does have its drawbacks. For example, phishers and scammers mark this day down in their calendar as one on which there's lots of fraud to be carried out. That's why remaining vigilant online, especially on Cyber Monday, could save your sensitive information from ending up in the wrong hands.
Follow these basic security tips to keep your cyber security tight, so you can shop in comfort on the Monday after Thanksgiving!
Be on high alert for scams like fraudulent pop ups and banner ads; today is a day that they're most likely to be malicious. Approach every thing you see on Cyber Monday with healthy level of skepticism. Even sites you know to be safe and reputable may just be mirroring the sites you think they are.
Here's a tip: check the url of a site before you go there. Scammers sometimes buy a domain with one letter off, assuming you won't notice. Here's a list of habits to get into to maintain your Cyber Monday security.
Use Safe Payment Options and Save Proof of Purchase
Credit cards or secure checkout clients like Paypal are generally regarded as the safest checkout methods to use when shopping online. If you follow these methods, you won't have to worry as much about scammers having instant access to your bank account, which is insured for far less than your credit card.
For additional protection as far as cyber security is concerned, save your "paper trail", so-to-speak, from any purchases you make and check your credit statement and bank account frequently. That way, if anyone does try to digitally alter your sensitive financial information, you can stay safe and report it right away.
When in Doubt, Don't Click
Be on the lookout for deals and promotions that appear too good to be true; they usually are. If you follow a link or fraudulent advertisement that takes you to a page that isn't as advertised, it can introduce malware (phishing software) into your computer and acquire your sensitive information.
Instead of following links contained by emails, navigate straight to the sites you know to have the deals. Behaviors like these are key to maintaining your Cyber Monday security. If an email or social media post doesn't quite look right, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Be aware of what information sites can and cannot ask for to proceed through your purchase. If you are unsure about a website's legitimacy or the tactics they're using to process your financial or personal information, feel free to contact them directly via email or phone for more information on how they are protecting your cyber security throughout your purchase.
Remember, it's easy to get swept up in the excitement of savings across the web on Cyber Monday. Just remember to be hyper-vigilant and stick to the deals you can find on EveryDeal and you'll be as safe as possible!