Statistics show that shoppers are purchasing online at least once a month and surfing weekly for deals. Cyber Monday 2017 (November 27, 2017) is expected to be the biggest shopping day in history. It’s clear many of us are comfortable shopping online, but maybe we’re a little too comfortable.
Cybercriminals are more sophisticated than ever, tricking consumers into shopping at fake stores or opening phishing emails that unleash viruses or worse – capture personal and financial information. Here’s how to stay safe and keep your information secure while enjoying your online shopping experience.
Trust your instincts
If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. If your checkout experience gives you a bad feeling, that feeling is probably warranted.
If at any time during the shopping or checkout process you feel like the site is asking for too much personal information, simply quit the transaction and leave the site. You may hate to leave behind a really good deal, but having your credit card information stolen is much worse.
Some things to watch out for:
- Does the site look old and outdated?
- Is the URL a different/weird address?
- Do pop-ups fill your screen or do you get a warning message?
If you see any of these signs, just leave the deal and move on to the next site. Read more: https://blog.hsb.com/2017/11/20/safe-cyber-shopping/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email