How to Shop Safely Online During Black Friday?

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Black Friday Sale: buy 1 year and get 1 year FREE (Nov 13, 2019 – Dec 01, 2019).

Every holiday is not only the best time for online shopping but also the best time for Internet fraud.

Black Friday is coming. It is true that many online retailers will offer big discounts. Thus, consumers can spend less money on each product. That is to say, you are likely to buy more products with 1 dollar than usual. To get the lowest price of their desired products, they will create a shopping list and compare the prices offered by various retailers. All consumers will be crazy about the Black Friday promotions.

Of course, shopping makes people happy. But for the sake of your property security, we suggest you take measures to avoid becoming the next victim of cyber attacks.

Here are the tips on how to avoid the risks of online shopping.

Check websites for “HTTPS”. HTTPS websites will display a green padlock in the navigation bar. Websites that use HTTPS will add encryption to the communication between you and the websites. So, you are safer on HTTPS websites other than HTTP websites.

Download the application from the official app store. Fake shopping apps created by fraudsters can trick users into entering personal credit card information. While malware will steal personal data or lock smartphones until the user pays the ransom. Black Friday is the peak time for online shopping. There will be more malicious and fake apps than usual.

Choose trusted retailers. There is no such thing as a free lunch. You should be careful about any product surprisingly low price. You might be paying the products at the price of your privacy.  

It is advised that you use a credit card dedicated to online shopping to make it easier to track purchases and identify fraudulent activity. If you use more than one card to pay for online orders, you are putting more property in the risk of cyber attacks.

In addition, you should be wary of phishing emails. When you receive emails from unknown sources, you should be careful. Don’t click malicious links. These links aim to fool you into entering your personal information.

Last but not least, hide your IP address with a VPN. VPN services are good at preventing others from tracking you on the Internet because your real IP address will be masked with that of the VPN server you connect to. Besides, VPN services will make your traffic data unreadable by using encryption technology. Therefore, you can shop safely online.

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