Online shopping this Christmas? How to avoid online scams.

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Christmas is just around the corner, and that means time to grab some online purchases to avoid the large crowds and busy shopping centre traffic. While online shopping has made our lives easier, the amount of sensitive information we share when we shop on the Internet could expose us to online risks.

The winter season may be a lucrative time for online retailers with their sales, but cybercriminals see the seasonal celebration as opportunities to profit as well. If you plan on doing any online shopping this year, it’s important to know how to identify a secure online store. The best way to protect yourself from cybercriminals is to be proactive about security features available online and learn how they work.

Watch our video about the Top 5 Safe Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays.

Most Common Types of Online Scams

The top online scam today is Phishing. Internet thieves’ prey on unsuspecting users by sending out phishing emails. In these emails, a cybercriminal tries to trick you into believing you are logging into a trusted website that you normally do business with. This could be a bank, your social media account, an online shopping website, shipping companies, cloud storage companies and more.

Fake AV
One close to our industry is fake security software, which is also known as scareware

Social Media Scams
Social media scams are a variety of posts you will see in your news feeds- all with the goal of getting you to click on a link that could potentially be hosting malware.

Mobile Scams
Mobile scams can come in many forms, but the most common are phishing apps.

Social Engineering Scams
Social engineering is a way that cybercriminals use human-to-human interaction in order to get the user to divulge sensitive information.

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