Experts from around the world agree that the eve of New Year's holidays and Christmas is the peak of the activity of malefactors. During this period, the highest level of fraudulent transactions is observed both with the use of the card and in the field of e-commerce.
It seems that the intruders are deliberately waiting for the craziest day of the year to "strike". This is logical, since the pre-holiday days deprive people of the ability to slowly think over their actions and adhere to the elementary rules of card security.
For example, cashiers in stores do not pay attention to cards that are accepted for payment, as they hurry to serve more customers more quickly, and the owners of compromised cards on the Internet in a festive bustle are not bothered by incoming sms on the phone.
In e-commerce, the vigilance of buyers is also reduced. In the race for New Year discounts and gifts for friends and family, few people care about the authenticity of the site and the security of providing their card data.
We present you some useful tips to stay safe online this New Year and Christmas:
- Check the website of the online store for the abbreviation of the security protocol in the address bar. When you enter any site, the first sign of security is HTTPS. This protocol gives the necessary guarantee that the transaction made by you will be limited only by you and the system. Note, if there is no letter S in HTTPS - do not log in, the site is not properly protected for online transactions.
- If you use the application with the function "save and send" - disable it! Undoubtedly, the inclusion of this function makes the purchase process faster and more convenient. But data that are easily accessible for you, can be in the same time access for scammers.
- Check the availability of updates to your gadget system in a timely manner and update them. There are weaknesses and loopholes for hackers in browsers of outdated versions. Therefore, in order to maintain adequate protection against malicious programs and other fraudulent schemes, update the operating system, browsers and utilities regularly. The process is simple, and the results will please you.
- Be vigilant when using public Wi-Fi. If you use it, you intentionally put yourself at risk of cyber-theft. For online purchases in public from your mobile gadget, it's best to use data transfer over 3G / 4G format.
- One of the indicators of safe purchase is the lock icon in the address bar with the address of the online store. If there is no such badge, you better refuse the purchase and go to another online store. In this case, any personal data that you transmit to the trader can be compromised.
- Disable the autocomplete feature for logins and passwords. Scammers like to punish users who make this mistake.
- Use a complex password on your device. You can also provide automatic locking if the device does not work for a predetermined period of time.
Undoubtedly, buying gifts on the Internet is convenient, simple and diverse than going to stores, but now online buyers need to be more vigilant than ever.