Donegal shoppers warned to be vigilant on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

first_imgOnline shoppers across Donegal will be ringing the cyber-tills this Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday on November 28th.Over the next few days Irish consumers are expected to spend €39 million snapping up online bargains in technology, electronics, fashion, home furnishings and more ahead of the festive season.But shoppers have been warned to also beware of cyber criminals. Paul C Dwyer, a cybercrime expert and Irish CEO of Cyber Risk International said consumers need to be vigilant.“Consumers need to be aware that ‘too good to be true’ offers at any time, but particularly around the weekend of Cyber Monday, are likely to be ploys by cyber criminals and hackers to steal data or money.”“The shopping frenzy presents a huge opportunity for hackers to take advantage of retail promotions, popular shopping search terms, and online purchasing trends to dupe us.”According to cyber security group Norton, the most common scamming method round Black Friday is search engine infiltration, which means that when an individual searches for, for example “top Black Friday deals” or “best value Black Friday products”, malicious links may appear in search results as genuine websites. When visited, these sites will either try to trick people into purchasing goods which are fake or do not ever arrive, or will download malicious software to a device.Here are some tips from Paul on how to shop safely online.Only visit trusted websites you recognise, which are safer to use. Search for the HTTPS on the address bar, a good sign of security.Do not trust sites you have never heard of, especially when their offers seem too good to be true. Allow encryption, as you will be able to prevent identity theft and the interception of your personal data (including the details of your credit card).Do not click on untrusted email links you have not requested, even if they urge you to purchase a quality item at half price or less. These links may lead to redirection to somewhere unsafe. Do not share your credit card credentials with anyone, even loved ones, and particularly not children. Sharing card or bank details via an email or a private message on Facebook or other social media is the quickest path to catastrophe.Avoid using public Wi-Fi when purchasing something online, since publicly shared connections to the web have increased dangers and threats. Use a private Internet connection that you know is secured and preferably encrypted.Mobile devices are more prone to being hacked and they offer a more fertile ground for hackers to mislead you. As you gaze through the e-shop merchandise from your limited sized screen, struggling to read the detailed description, the hacker is having a much more productive shopping expedition.Beware of emails on your computers and mobile devices exclaiming that you have just received a package you are not expecting from the post office or a well-known shipping vendor, especially if you did not order directly. Be wary of any message that asks you to fill out a form or provide any personal information. Watch out for the too-good-to-be-true offers that will lead you to a malicious website asking you for your credit card information and other personal data. A lot of these fake offers will try to lure you in with promises of winning free gifts. If you’ve never heard of the company, or if the known company’s logo looks slightly different in some way, get out of there. You might also receive emails or texts about this year’s hot or hard-to-get gift items that will lead you to rogue websites. These scams can also show up on social networking sites like Facebook too.Some scammers send texts, pretending to warn people of suspicious activity in their financial account and asking for them to call a bogus number — where they’ll be asked to share sensitive information. If you receive one of these, contact your financial institution directly rather than using the number the text provides. That way, you know you’re really talking to your bank or credit card company, not a scammer. Similarly, keep an eye out for vishing. It’s just like phishing, except it occurs over the phone. When unsolicited callers contact you, always ask what business they’re calling from, then hang up and call that institution’s actual phone number listed on its website.If you’re doing a lot of online shopping watch out for spam phishing emails for fake refunds. It could look like it’s from a legitimate retailer and say something like “wrong transaction” or “click for refund” but the culprits just want you to click through, surrender your details or open your device up to malware.Donegal shoppers warned to be vigilant on Black Friday and Cyber Monday was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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