Cyber Monday Security Tips

Published on November 28, 2022

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. People work diligently to finish their Christmas shopping while getting the best deals. It's important to take extra precautions while shopping online to ensure you don't fall victim to a scam. Below are some tips to help navigate your Cyber Monday experience: 

  • Only do business with reputable vendors. Before providing any information, make sure that you are interacting with a reputable, established vendor. Some attackers may try to trick you by creating malicious websites that appear to be legitimate, so you should verify the legitimacy before supplying any information. (See Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.)
  • Use caution with email links and attachments. Take appropriate precautions when using email and web browsers to reduce the risk of an infection. Be wary of unsolicited email attachments and avoid clicking on email links, even if they seem to come from people or businesses you know. (See Using Caution with Email Attachments.)
  • Pay using a credit card. There are laws to limit your liability for fraudulent credit card charges, but debit cards may not have the same level of protection.
  • Ensure your information is encrypted. Check website URLs to ensure they begin with "https:" (instead of "http:") accompanied by a padlock icon to verify that the site is secure.

*The Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) contributed to this article. 

 

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