Black Friday: How to Shop Safely Online?

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Some people are still enjoying receiving items they purchased online during Halloween. While some people are waiting for the next big online sale. That’s right, the famous Black Friday is just around the corner.

Black Friday, the first day of the Christmas shopping season, begins the day after Thanksgiving. Many retailers, both online and offline, are preparing for promotions during Black Friday. And consumers are also browsing online shopping websites to make their own shopping lists. In the meanwhile, however, there are many people spying on you over the Internet for malicious purposes. They are hackers. Big online shopping festivals not only bring a carnival for numerous consumers but also give hackers opportunities to do harm to consumers’ property. Besides, online retailers can also be easy targets for hackers if they are careless about their security and privacy online.

Therefore, we strongly recommend both consumers and online retailers take precautions to protect them from hackers during Black Friday.

If you are a consumer:

  • Please avoid visiting any fake or malicious websites. It is always safer to shop on reliable shopping sites. If you want to purchase something from a new platform, you’d better check if it is a trusted one.
  • Don’t click on text messages, emails or links from unknown sources, even if they are from family or friends. Social engineering attacks are far more frequent and easier to succeed than you think. Phishing emails, malicious advertising, and fraudulent emails are everywhere in your life.
  • Secure your browsing with a VPN. A VPN is the abbreviation of a virtual private network. With a VPN, you can prevent others from knowing who you are, where you access the Internet from and what you do online. For example, when you visit a shopping website in UAE by connecting to a VPN server in India, the website server will think you are from India.

If you are an online retailer:

  • Please ensure that you are using the latest version of the trading software and trading platform. Check for updates regularly as the patch of each update will ensure that the system is not vulnerable to cyber attacks.
  • Don’t keep large amounts of money in a single account. The more valuable the amount, the more attractive it is to hackers. 
  • Try your best to provide protections for customer information.
  • Set a limit for the number of transactions and use multi-factor authentication to enhance data security.

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