With the flurry of excitement that precedes christmas, it’s easy to get swept up in the online-shopping frenzy. Everybody wants to ensure that they buy the perfect gifts for their loved ones, and in the rush may forget about their cybersecurity. Hackers and cyber criminals are well aware of this fact, and will try to exploit as many online shoppers as possible, and what you don’t want is to fall victim to fraud, especially at this time of year! In 2019, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center got an average of 1,300 online theft complaints a day with a total of $3.5 billion in losses to individuals and businesses! To combat this, at Kerbury we have created a list of things to be aware of to help you shop safely online this Christmas!

  1. Don’t Browse On Public Wifi

It’s tempting to hook up to your local cafe’s wifi and browse online stores whilst drinking your coffee, but be aware that this has its risks, such as being vulnerable to hackers stealing your payment details!

2. Only Pay Where You See The Padock In The URL

This usually means the payment platform is secure, however it isn’t always a guarantee so be vigilant. The URL should also begin with “https” not simply “http”.

3. Don’t believe the unbelievable!

Many websites that offer tantalisingly low prices or bargains are out to steal your personal information or steal your money. If they are offering a car for a fiver, then that might be a red flag!

4. Keep Those Receipts!

After your purchase, note down your tracking number, payment number, and receipts, to ensure that if anything did go wrong that you can resolve the issue quickly.

5. Update your browser and software

Unpatched software is a frequent cause of malware infections. Online shoppers are most at risk due to the sensitive information involved in purchasing items. Make sure you at least have an updated browser when you order things online, which will help secure your cookies and cache, while preventing cyber criminals being able to steal your personal information.

6. Having A Strong Password Is Always Key!

Having a strong, varied password can help keep cybercriminals at bay. Ensure you have a combination of uppercase, lowercase, special characters and numbers. You can read our article on how to make a strong password here.

7. Be Aware Of Email Phishing.

No matter how exciting that deal may seem when it lands in your inbox, don’t be fooled into clicking links from users you do not know. Here’s a great Kerbury article on how to spot phishing scams.

Remember, if you ever need support, contact our friendly and professional team today, and Merry Christmas from everyone here at Kerbury!