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Top 10 Tips for safe online shopping this Festive Season


Over the last few years there has been a marked increase in online shopping. And with the ensuing high volumes of transactions, cyber criminals are constantly on the prowl for easily-extractable private user information.

With a spike in scams and phishing emails, these attacks are not only financially devastating, but also result in identity theft and reputation damage. These cyber-attacks are not just aimed at individuals, but at businesses too, and just like consumers, business owners must remain vigilant regarding their data security.

Here are our top 10 tips on maintaining a safe online shopping experience:

1. Do routine checks of your credit and debit card statements, verifying all transactions.

2. Be cautious of your inbox, hackers often mask malware-ridden items as receipts, gifts, delivery status updates, and order confirmations. Treat all links, confirmations or vouchers with caution.  We partner with Redstor protect and manage our data. They have a range of highly integrous products that protect you WHEREVER YOU ARE. Back up remotely, recover instantly, no hardware required.

3. Secure your devices. Update passwords and enable multifactor authentication on your device to add an extra level of protection.

4. Regularly change the default password on your devices and keep the software up to date.

5. Use secure Wi-Fi. Don’t make purchases while connected to public Wi-Fi; instead use a virtual private network (VPN) or your phone as a hotspot.

6. Shop securely and make sure you’re shopping on a site that uses SSL protection

7. Beware of SMS phishing, even from brand names you think you’re subscribed to – they could be fraudulent.

8. When logging on to an online store, use the store’s official website, rather than potentially compromised e-mail links, and verify any requests for personal information by contacting them through the information on their official website.

9. Be wary of links received via sms requesting you to log in to track your order and provide personal information. Couriers will never ask you to log in via an sms link.

10. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is, no matter how tempting they might be. Only purchase on reputable and established online retailers and steer clear online stores you haven’t heard of.

Don’t want to leave your security at risk? Our experts are here to assist. Connect with us and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with doing your online shopping safely and securely!