The Black Friday 2018 is about to begin and with it, great shopping opportunities. Among the many offers available and the benefits they provide, they prevent users from traffic and long lines.
The cybercriminals know how much users value the convenience of shopping online, and it is for them the ideal opportunity to launch their own fake “special” offers to abuse consumers.
The cybercriminals seem to have learned from criminals who sell fake products on the streets, if they want to sell, they must make fake products look as real as possible. That’s why they make their fake “special” offers look as real as possible. Luis corrode, security evangelist of Avast, shares six safety tips to be paid special attention to avoid being victims of the cybercriminals:
1)Some prices are too good to be true finding a discount is always exciting, but shoppers should be wary of offers that are well below the market price, as this may indicate an unreliable offer.
2) Buyers should be careful with the unknown
Whether on social networks or in an online ad, shoppers should be careful when it comes to unknown stores, especially if they are offering ridiculously low prices. Before risking a little-known virtual store, shoppers should do their research and look for as much information as possible about the store, such as their social networks. More importantly, shoppers should read comments that others have written about the seller. If you cannot find positive feedback and if the Web site or the profile of social networks does not seem to be reliable or unprofessional, users should opt for a recognized and reliable store.
3) Beware of phishing emails Email inboxs are often bombarded with discounts, promotions, and ads, so it’s understandable that some phishing offerings can fool people. Many phishing emails include links to malicious sites that look real and are hard to identify as fake.
It is always safer to enter URLs directly into the browser and avoid clicking on the links and attachments included in the promotional emails. The same caution should be applied not only to online stores, but also to banks and other online financial institutions.
4) Pay responsibly.
When making the payment, buyers must be attentive to the green HTTPS lock next to the Web site address in the browser address bar. HTTPS is a protocol that encrypts the data that is sent over the web. If a payment page does not have the HTTPS lock, buyers must refrain from entering their personal data and financial information.
In addition, if a store does not accept payment methods such as credit cards and instead requests Criptocoins, it is probably not safe. Credit cards will not only help shoppers track their purchases, but more importantly, it gives them the option to report a fraudulent charge and get their money back.
5) Applications are not immune
Although official application stores such as Google Play and Apple’s APP store perform security checks before allowing a store application, it is important to be attentive to counterfeits. In the past, into downloading them.Avast has found fake applications in Google Play Store that use logos and names of developers very similar or identical to those of popular applications, in order to deceive people
In most cases, fake applications are designed to steal personal data, but some applications go one step further and intercept SMS to abuse two-factor authentication codes or display fake logon pages in Banking applications, tricking users into relinquishing their bank logon credentials.
Shoppers should always make sure that they are downloading legitimate applications by visiting the store’s website and downloading directly from there.
6) Stay safe when using public Wi-Fi
Shopping online can lead to extra risk if done by using public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi networks are an easy entry point for cybercriminals to attack and most users do not realize that all personal information transferred through open and unprotected Wi-Fi networks becomes vulnerable.
We recommend that users use a VPN when they connect to a public Wi-Fi network to protect their personal data. A VPN creates a secure encrypted connection and channels traffic to a proxy server. Encrypted connection protects personal data, thus preventing attackers from accessing or even altering communications over the Internet.
Increased awareness during the Black Friday.
Avast sees the cybercriminals launch “special” offers all the time, but during this sale, Argentine buyers can be especially vulnerable. Therefore, Avast advises Argentines to use security tools and pay close attention to details while buy online, protection, will always be the best tool.