Another holiday season is upon us, and that means many of us will be making purchases online to avoid large crowds and busy mall traffic. Here are some important online shopping safety tips to keep in mind.
1.Watch out for strange confirmation emails
2.Be sure you’re shopping securely online.
3. Say ‘No’ to Public Wi-Fi
Here’s the thing about the public Wi-Fi networks – they’re NOT SECURE! As much as we love public Wi-Fi, we should keep its use limited to text messages. When it comes to sending your sensitive information to a website/app, public Wi-Fi networks are good for nothing. It took just 10 minutes for a 7-year-old kid to hack into a public Wi-Fi. Yes, a seven-year-old kid!
4.Use Apps Downloaded from Trusted Sources
Hello Android users. As we all know, it’s much easier to install unauthorized, 3rd party applications on Android than on other platforms. This can be a boon as well as bane because it gives an opportunity to hackers to infuse malware in apps and steal users’ data.
So, always insist on using official apps downloaded from authorized platforms
5. Think Before You Click and Read Before You Think
Spear-phishing has become the go-to technique of cyber criminals to trick users into clicking on a particular link or visiting a specific webpage. They do this by circulating spoofy e-mails to thousands of users simultaneously. You might believe that the e-mail has been sent from the party it says from. However, that may not always be the case. As a rule of thumb, check the e-mail address of the sender before you click on it or download anything. Also, don’t forget to check what’s written in there. Quite often, they comprise of some really silly grammatical errors.