5 tips for safe online shopping this Black Friday

5 tips for safe online shopping this Black Friday


Text: Janice Sim

The Internet can be a dangerous place

This Friday is unlike no other because it comes bearing enticing new prospects for our wardrobe. Sing praise — it's almost Black Friday.

But while spiralling out of control with our credit cards is a normality when it comes to scoring the best deals, we tend to overlook the high possiblity of falling prey to cyber crime. After all, the convenience of shopping online does involve trading out some pretty confidential information, like our credit card deets. Come sale season, besides treating yourself, be sure to take preventive measures against cyber criminals lurking to exploit the massive Internet traffic, as well as the surge of online transactions.

How and where do we start? We turn to the experts at ESET, global leaders of cybersecurity, to give us a quick crash course on shopping wisely and safely on the World Wide Web.

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1. Have a separate account for online shopping credit cards that are not connected to your primary accounts

Keep your shopping change separate from your savings. This minimises any damage (if a crime does occur) — plus, it also helps you stick to an allocated budget.

2. Change your passwords before the sale, then change them after the sale

Changing your password is one of the easiest, yet most challenging security measures that you can use. The hardest part is crafting a complex formula that's easy enough to remember. If all else fails, consider a "pass-phrase" like "mybirthdayis1970Jan15".

3. Use an Internet firewall at all times

The firewall acts as your first line of defence in protecting your computer, because it helps to obscure your devices to online attackers and other types of malicious software.

4. Keep your operating system up to date

Enable your automatic-update features — this helps to safeguard your computer from hackers who are constantly at work, trying to devise new ways to launch their attacks.

5. Maintain antivirus and antispyware software

Sometimes, a little investment goes a long way. Antivirus software protects your computer by scanning emails, applications, and data. Investing in a good program can even detect and remove virus and spyware before they get a chance to damage your devices. 

Click here for more information on securing your online data.