Guest Post: Trend Micro Has Security Tips For Safe Online Shopping This Black Friday/Cyber Monday

It’s no surprise that Canadians are preparing for the biggest holiday shopping event of the year. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching and online shopping at an all time high, it also means that cybercriminals are expected to be out in full force.

Canadians are no strangers to a great online deal, and so Trend Micro is shedding light on what online shoppers can do to protect their personal information. Below are the top 7 tips for avoiding cyber threats this shopping season.

Tips for Safe Online Shopping:

  1. Check any email coming from banks that request verification.
  2. Enable multi-factor authentication (2FA) for your online accounts and enable your credit card’s one-time password (OTP) feature.
  3. Keep your e-receipts and compare them with your credit card statements.
  4. Avoid connecting mobile devices to unsecure public networks.
  5. Choose retailer sites with buyer protection.
  6. When using voice-enabled assistants, monitor your publicly posted Personally identifiable Information (PII), these can be used as credentials to access IoT devices.
  7. Look for the verifier symbols of brands and shops, especially when visiting “so-called” business pages on social media, before interacting, shopping, or providing information.

There is also a blog post available called When Cybercriminals Hitch On Your Holiday Spending: Online Shopping Trends and Threats that you should have a look at.

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