As the holiday shopping season approaches, 92 percent of all consumers shop online and about half are planning to shop online on Cyber Monday, exposing an opportunity for malicious hackers to strike.
Consequences of clicking on a malicious shopping link can be devastating. Ransomware, malware, computer viruses, stolen credit card numbers, and breached personal information have been common results of such attacks.
So, what to look out for? Consider these tactics:
- Realize that if something seems too good to be true, it likely is. Too-good-to-be-true coupons that offer complimentary phones or tablets are all over sites on the Internet.
- Make sure the offers are from a legitimate company.
- Watch out for alerts via email or text that you just received a package from FedEx, UPS or the US Mail, and then asks you for some personal information. Don't enter anything.
- Look for domains that have added affixes, such as starbucks[.].com-latte[.]us
- Instead of clicking on links in emails or social media, go directly to the company's website.
- Be super-wary of bulk email with crazy, good, BUY NOW offers and anything that looks slightly off.
- Look closely at URLs and email senders for typos - for example, check for extra added letters in the domain, such as Yahooo[.]com
- Remember to only use credit cards online, never debit cards.
- Invest in backup and recovery technology just in case you need to restore your data.
If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm and call your credit card company, nix that card, and get a new one.
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Think Before You Click!