How to protect against fraudsters when shopping in online stores?
A recent survey of Americans on the eve of Black Friday and Cyber Monday showed that 96% of shoppers are concerned about the possibility of identity theft. This year’s share of anxiety is almost two thirds more than in the past. Can you protect yourself from scammers and make online shopping not only fast and convenient, but also safe? Goodluz, Shutterstock.com. The coming Christmas and New Year holidays are a real gold trade. A huge number of people are stocking gifts for friends and relatives, drinks and food for the festive table. But “where the fish are, there are the fishermen,” along with buyers, network scammers are activated. They set tricky traps in order to get other people’s personal data at their disposal, with the help of which they hope to earn money for our “honest users” account. Attentiveness, caution and prudence will help protect you from cyber attacks. Listen to simple, but effective advice. 1. Do not click on links in emails Phishing is a common method of identity theft. The hackers’ letters look like a regular advertising list, but links to the goods in them lead to fake scam sites. Having placed an order there, an unsuspecting buyer will never receive his purchase, but he may leave confidential data, credit card numbers, bills, etc. at the disposal of scammers. , and only then find the product you like. 2. Check the address of the store in the browser line. Online stores that care about security do not use open protocols. Check that the address of the page with the product in the browser starts with the letters https (but not with http). Otherwise, it is better to refrain from buying. 3. Do not make purchases, being in open networks of Wi-Fi In the pre-holiday turmoil is not easy to carve out a free minute. It is very convenient to use open wireless Internet access anywhere in the cafe, waiting for your ordered lunch to buy a last-minute gift to a girlfriend or friend. The problem of open passwordless networks is that anyone who connects can get any information circulating on the Web, including confidential data. Hackers love passwordless access. 4. Update computer software in a timely manner. Some users spend large sums on special protection programs. But there is a simple and effective free way to increase security. All that is required is to update the software as soon as the new version comes out, and never postpone the update to “later”. In this case, special attention should be paid to the browser. It is like a door to the Network, which must constantly be kept closed and ensured that no one gnaws out any holes. 5. Do not use the same bank card for purchases on the Net and offline. It is best to have a separate virtual card for shopping on the Internet and keep it empty, replenishing the account from another card via Internet banking as needed purchases. Even if these cards become known to fraudsters, they will be useless. 6. Periodically change the registration data on the sites As recent events show, no one is insured against the theft of passwords, not even the almighty Google. By changing the password, you can negate all the efforts of fraudsters. When choosing a password, remember that simple combinations like 12345 are cracked easily. Also, never use the same character set on different sites. Having cracked one of them, a fraudster can get at his disposal a whole data packet. Be careful and attentive!