Tips for safer online shopping this Cyber Monday

Tips for safer online shopping this Cyber Monday

Summary: Despite all the good cheer, the holiday season is a prime time for cyber criminals looking to take advantage of online shoppers.

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As many businesses prepare their cloud infrastructures to meet heavier traffic demands for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, all of us need to keep security in mind as well.

Unfortunately, despite all the good cheer, the holiday season is a prime time for cyber criminals looking to take advantage of online shoppers and prey on vulnerabilities.

A recent survey from PriceGrabber reported that 41 percent of consumers plan to shop online next Monday -- up from 37 percent in 2011 -- so there's definitely plenty of incentives for cyber criminals to creep up then too.

The good news that it's not that difficult to avoid these traps with a little knowledge and awareness.

Here are some of the top tips from anti-virus solutions provider Trend Micro. They're in no particular order as they should all be taken into account when shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday -- or really any day of the year:

  • Use strong passwords and use unique passwords for your most sensitive websites
  • Scan your mobile devices regularly for malicious apps.
  • Don’t click on links; rely on bookmarks for sensitive sites instead.
  • Watch out for fake apps that are posing for more popular, real apps.
  • Be wary of free apps that ask for too much personal information.
  • Go easy on promo links. If it’s too good to be true, it likely is.
  • Use remote security apps to backup and wipe your phone or laptop in case you lose it.
  • Use Parental Control features to monitor what information your kids might be giving out.

For a more fun but still informative approach to understanding safer online shopping, navigate yourself through the infographic below:

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Chart via Trend Micro

Topics: Security, Apps, Consumerization, E-Commerce, Mobility

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  • be more proactive

    Thanks for the article. We ALL need to be more proactive about our personal account security. In this day and age we need to take responsibility of our info. If you don’t trust the site don’t use it. . But one thing that can’t be stressed enough is taking advantage of the 2FA (2-Factor Authentication). Although it’s been around for a while, not enough sites are offering and promoting this option. And the even sadder fact is there are millions of people who are not taking advantage of this awesome functionality that is being offered to them by several sites. I really hope people and companies wake-up to the need to kick this complacent attitude about authentication and passwords. Take advantage of the 2FA which allows us to telesign into our accounts. I know some will claim this make things more complicated, but the slight inconvenience each time you log in is worth the confidence of knowing your info is secure. This should be a prerequisite to any system that wants to promote itself as being secure.
    Tgneg
  • Good site for Cyber Monday deals

    We have done all of our shopping online the past 5 years and used a website called Pilewire.com for the past three. They only work with established retailers an etaiers and look for the best bargains on highly-rated products, like netbooks, tablets and eBook readers and put everything on one website. Most things ship for free. I love it.
    fujica