While the onset of the festive season gives a large avenue for the e-commerce websites to profit by showering festive shopping discounts, offers on various brands and merchandise, the hustle and bustle pose to be a potential gold mine for online thieves. Acknowledging this, Kaspersky Lab advises that while making purchases online to save on your valuable time, users must exercise caution to save themselves from falling prey to cyber-crime.
Based on its worldwide insight into malicious software and online scammers, the company offers 10 warnings and tips for online shoppers:
Tps to stay safe this festive season
Among the first things, Kaspersky Lab shares that it is not uncommon to see retailers offering special promotions to their Facebook and Twitter followers. Then again, a friend posting a link saying, “OMG, they’re giving away free tablets, click here to claim yours!” isn’t unheard of either. It points out further that once a user clicks on that link, he gets trapped. Not only can your PC and financial information be infected, but the malicious link will automatically spread itself to all your friends to snare more victims.
To this, Kaspersky Lab offers its first tip. If a user spots a deal being promoted, then he/she should go to the retailer’s official website to confirm whether the offer is a legitimate one. They should not click on shared links without confirming that the friend has purposefully shared it. And as always, if a deal seems too good to be true…it probably is.
Opt for security solutions for secured moves
Going further, they share that tablets and smartphones are more powerful than the PC, and they are perfect for comfortably shopping on the couch or on the go. In fact, pertaining to the urban lifestyle, the number of purchases via tablets and smartphones is rising by the day. Importantly, Kaspersky advises that though these “computers” fit in your pocket, they must apply to it the same rules of PC protection. They should ensure that they protect it with security software. Once a malicious program or application installs on your tablet, it can just wait for you to access your bank account and steal your password.
The Tip #2 in this respect is that any mobile computing device that one uses to connect to the Internet should have security software installed on it. “Any mobile computing device used to purchase things from eBay, snapdeal, myntra, etc. NEEDS to have security
software installed on it,” it shares further.
Kaspersky Lab shares that while smartphones and tablets help users stay abreast on deals, the way they connect to the Internet should also be secure as well. Kaspersky goes on to explain that it means staying off public Wi-Fi signals in public places. Users should use their 2G/3G phone data to connect online instead.
Further, Kaspersky reveals that cyber criminals know consumers are more likely to visit sites with login accounts or financial info during shopping season. This way they can easily monitor all the information sent across public Wi-Fi networks, which can include bank account or credit card number of a user.
Kaspersky's Tip #3 advises users to disable the Wi-Fi connectivity of smartphone once they are out of their home network. Most smartphones will automatically try to connect when a Wi-Fi signal is detected, so disabling this function will keep the data on your phone or tablet safe from prying eyes.
Kaspersky Lab has created seven more holiday shopping guidelines in the following infographic.
This infographic contains:
- Common-sense tips – “Dedicate a single credit card for all online shopping”
- Some technical tricks – “Look for the ‘S’ in the web address of online
- stores…the beginning of the URL should start with https://…”
- A few statistics to put the threat into perspective – “1,400 new pieces of banking malware are created every day”