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Dec 20, 2023

Secure Holidays: 5 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

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With Christmas just around the corner, people are frantically searching the internet for the best deals and last-minute gifts for family and friends. While the time is ticking to get the perfect presents, this is the best time for hackers to deceive you into falling for scams and phishing attacks. As people rush to complete their holiday shopping online, hackers capitalize on the increased internet traffic and heightened emotions associated with the festive season.

So, how can you ensure you are not deceived during this holiday season?

Infiniwiz would like to highlight holiday scams so that you can detect malicious techniques in 2023.

  • Pop-up Ads that are too-good-to-be-true

As you search different websites to shop, you may see pop-up ads promising special sales and unrealistic prices. The pop-up ad is likely not associated with the vendor’s website you’re currently on. If you are suspicious of the deal, contact the merchant or check the official website to ensure the deal is accurate.

  • Charity Scams

During the season of giving, you may find yourself in the mood to help others in need. Because many people are busy during this seasonal time, people tend to donate to important causes online. However, the issue is that some charities that collect donations are fake, where hackers take money from users who contribute by creating realistic-looking websites. There is a website that will assist you in identifying illegitimate organizations before you donate.

  • Malicious Christmas E-cards

‘Tis the Season! This is the time when you will be receiving holiday cards from family and friends who want to show you love during the holidays. Be on the lookout for malicious E-Cards that may contain malware when you click links within the email. Do not open an e-card from an unknown sender.

  • Fake Delivery/Shipping Alerts

You may have ordered items and are awaiting their delivery to your home. One phishing technique that hackers use is sending out fake delivery notifications where they will ask if you would like to check the status of your package. To do this, hackers will ask for your personal/financial information to verify your item. If you want to check the status of your purchase, use the official site you purchased from to ensure your data is protected.

  • Misleading Social Media Ads

Hackers know that people utilize social media every day, allowing them to present you with fake online stores. These illegitimate stores aim to steal your credit card details, money, and personal information. There have also been worst-case scenarios where shoppers have become the victims of identity theft. Ensure you research the store, read reviews, and verify its reputation before entering any personal or financial information.

Overall, as the holiday season approaches, ensure that the joy of gift-giving is accompanied by the need for online vigilance. Festive internet activity is the perfect space for hackers to utilize malicious techniques against you. Infiniwiz urges you to stay informed and implement our provided tips to safeguard your online experience. Let's make this season about spreading joy, not falling victim to scams. Wishing you a secure and happy holiday shopping spree!

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