Safe Online Shopping Tips

Hackers love the holidays. With eyes focused on the retail sector, they ramp up phishing campaigns to catch harried, bargain-hungry shoppers unawares.

A NYC area cyber security expert and managed services provider (MSP) shares five safe online shopping tips in a new article on the eMazzanti Technologies website. The informative article relates that cyber criminals use a variety of tactics to con consumers.

The author then explains how to avoid fake websites, a favorite method that hackers use to lure shoppers. He continues by urging readers to use safe payment options and to share only minimal personal information. He concludes by recommending that readers update their anti-virus and anti-malware before they shop and to always use strong passwords.

“Hackers love the holidays,” stated Almi Dumi, CISO, eMazzanti Technologies. “With eyes focused on the retail sector, they ramp up phishing campaigns to catch harried, bargain-hungry shoppers unawares.”

Below are a few excerpts from the article, “5 Safe Online Shopping Tips to Keep Your Holiday Merry This Year.”

“Cyber criminals use a variety of tactics to con consumers, with great success. In fact, in 2021 they stole $337 million from online shoppers. For instance, that amazing online discount code might actually be a ruse to steal personal information or download a virus. And that slick retail website might not be the store it pretends to be.”

Avoid Fake Websites

“A favorite method that hackers use involves luring shoppers to a fake website and then stealing their personal or financial data. According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, hackers created at least one million new fake websites in just the first quarter of this year.”

Use Safe Payment Options

“Some payment options offer much greater security than others. For example, use a credit card instead of a debit card online. And when using payment services, remember that PayPal has a much better track record than Venmo, Zelle, Apple Pay or Google Pay at refunding money lost to scams.”

Always Use Strong Passwords

“Use a unique, complex password for every account you create, even if you never plan to access the website again. A good password should contain at least 12 characters, including a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and symbols. Password managers can help you store passwords securely.”

Safe Online Shopping Advocated by Experts

The online retail environment can feel like the Wild West, with dangers lurking around every cyber corner. However, by slowing down and using cyber security best practices, everyone can shop safely without leaving the comfort of home. The cyber security experts at eMazzanti Technologies wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

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