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Recent years have seen a tremendous increase in online shopping with the convenience of one-click ordering. Especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, many people started shopping online, such as clothes, groceries, groceries, and electronics. However, online shopping provides convenience as well as difficulties. Cybercriminals are at the forefront of these difficulties. Cybercriminals may try to sell non-existent products to steal money or personal information from online shoppers. In this way, they can get personal information and card information of people, or they can install malware on the shopping device. That’s why it’s important to be careful and be safe when shopping online.
For the most part, online shopping is actually a very safe activity. However, there are many things to consider when using personal devices while shopping online. Individuals need to make sure that security is ensured while shopping online. Online shopping scams do not discriminate. They can affect individuals of all ages and businesses of all sizes. That’s why it’s important to take steps to protect yourself when shopping online.
We have prepared a few simple tips to protect you from cybercriminals while shopping online.
What should we do or not do to avoid cyber fraud while shopping online?
You should also practice basic security practices, which we will discuss below:
1) Your passwords should be unique and strong for each online account. It’s also good practice to change your passwords every few months and use different passwords for different sites. Don’t let websites remember your password because this is how cybercriminals can steal your data if your device or website suffers a data breach.
2) It would be wiser to bank and shop online from a single computer. By avoiding using the computer for surfing the Internet, downloading, checking e-mail, social networking, and other online activities, you use a computer that is completely free from computer viruses and other infections.
3) Similar to building a ‘clean’ computer, you can do the same with an email address. Create an email address that you will only use for online shopping. This will severely limit the amount of spam messages you receive and significantly reduce the risk of opening potentially malicious emails disguised as sales promotions or other notifications.
4) Always use secure Wi-Fi when shopping online. While using public wifi is very convenient for the individual, it can create opportunities for cybercriminals. Because these networks are not secure, attackers can obtain personal information. Never give out personal or financial information on a public network. Knowledgeable hackers can hijack the Wi-Fi signal or even set up their own signals to trick you and see everything you do on your own mobile device or laptop. This means that if you log into an online banking account or retailer website, the hacker will get your username and password. If you must use public Wi-Fi, be sure to log out of any page where attackers could access private information. Set your electronic devices to “ask” before joining any public network.
5) Keep your security software updated on your computer. Anti-virus software will help detect and remove viruses that could steal your personal information. If you are shopping using a mobile device, make sure the device is updated with the latest operating system.
6) Back-up your important files. Back-up important files to a USB stick, memory card, external hard drive or online storage service. This means that if you have a problem with your device, you will still have access to your important files. It is important to remove or disconnect the storage device after the backup is complete. If there is a cybersecurity incident or attack affecting your device and you have not disconnected your storage device, it may affect the files you back up.