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Nowadays, when the pandemic is not over yet, shopping using a smartphone, tablet or other internet-connected device is probably much safer than shopping in overcrowded stores. However, online shopping has risks compared to ticks. Also, while online shopping can protect you from catching the coronavirus, malware can infiltrate your device. In case the malware infiltrates your device, you may encounter many incidents such as your data being locked with ransomware, cybercriminals accessing your sensitive data for identity theft or selling this sensitive information in the darknet market.

You can reduce your chances of encountering such a situation by being cautious when shopping online, by increasing the security of your device, and by practicing appropriate cybersecurity habits.

Connect securely

Since you are shopping online, you must first make sure that your internet connection is correct. You probably do your shopping while you’re out, on your coffee break, or outside, but Wi-Fi hotspots in public areas aren’t exactly secure. Therefore, you should never perform any transaction involving sensitive data such as payment information with such an internet connection. Using your phone’s data connection or your home Wi-Fi network is the best option. You should also not neglect the security of your home network. If you haven’t touched your router’s security settings since the initial setup, it might be time to configure them properly. But between your busy schedule and your daily rush, you may be shopping online when you’re in different places. However, when shopping online using hotspots in public areas, use a virtual private network (VPN) so you can secure your traffic and shop securely.

Secure your device

Considering that you do most of your shopping on your smartphone, keeping your phone secure is a smart move. However, many people ignore their smartphones as just a phone, ignoring that it is a pocket-sized computer that they carry around all day and do all their work. They forget that many personal data, from photos to the payment cards in the electronic wallets they use for shopping, are on their smart phones. Therefore, these devices must also be protected. There are many reliable security solutions available. These security solutions protect your device against all kinds of malware, as well as protect you from activities orchestrated by threat actors, such as phishing theft or sending malicious links. You can also secure your device by adding lock screens as a combination of biometric lockollarser and passphrase.

Protect your payments

You should also protect your preferred payment methods. You can enable such a feature on your device by using a reliable security solution on your device. Full-featured solutions often offer payment protection. This feature provides an extra layer of protection for your banking and payment applications. In this way, you can protect yourself from scammers trying to obtain your payment information with phishing campaigns or other threats.

The payment protection feature protects your banking and payment applications against malicious applications that can infect your computer, and prevents these malicious applications from changing information or reading information on the screen from your protected applications. You can also add applications that you consider important to be protected by this extra layer of security. Another additional security feature to use when it comes to payment is multi-factor authentication, preferably using an authentication app or security token.

Stay away from scams

During shopping seasons such as Legendary Friday, Cyber ​​Monday or New Year’s Eve, there are all kinds of campaigns and shoppers try to find the most suitable discount. These are also the most popular times of the year for scammers who rely on consumers to let their guard down and be more easily fooled, as some stores offer truly incredible deals. But don’t forget the rule that has been proven many times over time; If something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Clicking on these ads may lead you to a phishing website or a fake website. These websites may try to get your sensitive information, including your payment data, or direct you to download malware on your device.

Also, don’t forget to use strong password phrases and enable two-factor authentication, along with performing other basic cyber hygiene practices such as keeping your device and operating systems up-to-date with the latest security patches, protecting your devices using security features and security software on your device. Thanks to all these measures that can save you from the trouble of a possible fraud, you can spend the discount season safer and more enjoyable.

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