How To Get the Best Online Deals, while Keeping Your Personal Info Safe on Black Friday
Consumers throughout Canada are going wild for Black Friday deals. However, be forewarned:
When shopping online goes through the roof, so does hacker activity.
You may be looking for the greatest deals and feeling the pressure to make purchases quickly as a result of Black Friday. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the two most popular days for shopping in general; especially online shopping.
Last November, Cyber Monday was the largest online sales day ever, with people spending $6.59 billion, according to Adobe. Black Friday brought in more than $5 billion in sales.
As the popularity of these shopping days grows, the deals get bigger and better; the risks of shopping online increase greatly. Cybercriminals love Cyber Monday too, and they work hard to get rich off the huge number of people engaging in online commerce around the holidays.
It is important to remember that hackers see this as a busy time too– and they are just as active as honest consumers.
Interface Technologies has a handful of great tips for staying safe during Black Friday.
Here they are:
Police all around Canada have issued public releases on how to stay physically safe during the Black Friday shopping craze.
What you may not realize, is that your physical safety is only a small part of it. With everything being so IT-based nowadays, there are many more threats than ever before. “In the past, we’ve had issues with people intercepting the actual signals from our remotes to our vehicles. When you get out of your vehicle when you’re out in our shopping areas, lock your door manually.”
2. Your online data is a very big deal.
One of the easiest ways hackers can get your private information is via phishing. Don’t open any emails before verifying the sender. Make sure that the sites you are browsing are at least labelled as https://, not http:// . Hackers are known to pretend to be (known as ‘spoofing‘) major brands online, in an attempt to convince users to dole out sensitive information.
3. There is a such thing as ‘malvertising’.
Attackers insert malicious advertisements onto established ad networks. These links lead you to a website they have chosen; from then on, who knows what they will do. Don’t click suspicious ads- it may be best not to click any at all!
4. Rather than going to each retailer’s individual website, you can use a variety of sites that compile pricing data for consumers at the click of a button.
Shopbot.ca, smartcanucks.ca, redflagdeals.com, BargainMoose.ca, RetailMeNot.ca and Ebates.ca are trusted sites to compare prices and get deals!
5. Trojans are an important tool of attack used by hackers. Once a device is infected, cybercriminals can steal login credentials, card numbers, and passwords.
They can also inject malicious code, record video via your webcam. and nail down root access to your machine. They can track your path online, which keys you’ve hit on your keyboard, and even engage in ‘form-grabbing’.
This is how they gain access to expiration dates and CVV numbers. Researchers claim these malware families are targeting at least 67 popular consumer e-commerce websites. The main ones are Betabot, Panda, Gozi, Zeus, Chthonic, TinyNuke, Gootkit2, IcedID and SpyEye. They are all banking trojans.
A study released this month discovered that at least 14 malware families arepoised to attack online banking users and internet shoppers.
Watch this short video for more details about how to stay secure while shopping online this Black Friday & Cyber Monday!
We hope you find the best, safest deals out there!