Father’s Day is coming up, and in the digital age, online shopping has become a convenient and popular option for finding the perfect gift. However, it is important for consumers to be vigilant and take precautions to avoid falling for online scams during this period when playing against the times, tempting promotions and phishing is just around the corner.
“As leaders in cybersecurity, from INSSIDE, we encourage companies to raise awareness, reduce risks and ensure that users have a safe shopping experience” says Carlos Jaureche, Commercial Manager of INSSIDE. And he adds “it is essential that sellers have up-to-date systems, provide support and apply data protection measures, to guarantee the customer a safe purchase.”
Protecting data is essential for these special dates, particularly when it comes to credit card information. Here are some recommendations to avoid falling into fraudulent scenarios and being another victim of social engineering attacks:
Be suspicious of questionable emails: Be on the lookout for unsolicited emails and messages promoting tempting offers. Avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown senders, as they may contain malware or attempt to obtain personal information.
Verify the identity of banking institutions: Many cybercriminals impersonate the identity of banks or financial institutions to gain the trust of their victims and thus obtain sensitive data.
Verify the website: before providing personal or financial information, make sure that the website is secure and belongs to the brand where you want to make the purchase. There should be a lock in the address bar and the “s” in “https://” at the start of the URL, indicating a secure connection.
Use secure payment methods: When finalizing the purchase, it is advisable to use reliable methods, such as credit cards or recognized payment services. Avoid direct bank transfers or the use of unverified payment services.
Use secure networks: It is extremely important to use a second, reliable connection network since, if a purchase is made, sensitive data and personal information will be entered. If this operation were carried out from an unsecured network, unnecessary risks of exposing the information would be incurred.
INSSIDE Cybersecurity, provides security solutions, encourages clients and users to protect themselves against virtual scams. By following the recommended precautions, you can have a safer online experience.