Happy Black Friday! While some of you will trek out to the shops today, many of you will decide to stay in and shop from the comfort of your own home. While shopping at home means you don’t have to deal with “people” you can still run into many bad actors on the internet. Below are some things to be aware of while shopping online this holiday season.
Tala Security has released its State of the Web report, which predicts unprecedented levels of online data theft this holiday season due to a lack of deployed client-side security measures. The report states that hackers will be looking to exploit vulnerabilities on enhanced websites to steal both Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and Payment data.
As consumers, we hope that businesses are taking these warnings to heart. In any event, there are ways that consumers can protect themselves when shopping online. Recommendations from Identiyforce.com suggest: using strong and unique passwords for every shopping site you use, using the most up-to-date anti-virus and security software available, use multi-factor authentication where possible, keep your devices locked and never shop over a public WiFi network. You should also be aware of any suspicious emails that tend to come in at this time of year. There are a lot of promotional emails that may come out from vendors, but hackers are clever enough to create a phishing email that looks real. Remember if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. If all else fails, it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your credit card and bank statements, in the event you have been “breached.” The sooner you spot the suspicious activity, the sooner you can report it to your bank and authorities.
If your organization is worried about the affect of a data breach on their business, contact Uzado today!