Online shoppers, 5 things you should not miss while buying during sales | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack


Online shoppers, security firm CheckPoint has a warning for you. According to the company, hacking attacks on e-commerce platforms and related to online shopping go up multiple times around big shopping days. Like during the recent 11:11 sale in China, which is one of the biggest shopping season in the country. It’s no different during Diwali and other festival sales in India. However, there are certain important things checking those can help you keep hackers at bay and make sure you don’t lose money while shopping online. Here are some tips as shared by Check Point.

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​Check the authenticity of the shopping platform you are buying from

Always shop from an authentic reliable ecommerce platform. Do not click on promotional links you get over email or over social media. Pro-actively Google your desired retail or brand.

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​Double check the domain of the website

Be attentive for look-alike domains. Look for spelling accuracy in emails or websites, and note unfamiliar email senders or peculiar email addresses you receive promotions from.

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​Unbelievable offers are actually not to be believed

Shopping offers that look too good to be true are actually too good to be true. A new iPad or iPhone cannot be available at 80% discount.

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​Look for that padlock in the url while making transaction

Always look for the lock. Making an online transaction from a website that does not have secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption installed is an absolute no. To know if the site has SSL, look for the ‘S’ in HTTPS, instead of HTTP. An icon of a locked padlock will appear, typically to the left of the URL in the address bar or the status bar down below. No lock is a major red flag.

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​Be very careful of password reset emails

Always be very attentive to password reset emails, especially when volumes of traffic online is at peak, like during the November shopping season. If you receive an uninvited password reset email, always visit the website directly (don’t click on embedded links) and change your password to something different on the original site.



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