How to stay safe online during the holiday shopping season

A recent survey by Google shows that Canadians will continue the trend of online shopping this holiday season. With the arrival of Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, shopping for deals online is easier than ever.

Many companies offer great deals on phones, accessories, and various other products, kicking off the sales season. But it’s important for shoppers to remember that some deals are too good to be true.

Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday are days where cybercriminals increase their efforts to trick people for personal information.

A recent survey by NordVPN found that Canadians are the most willing to give up “a significant amount of identifying information” in the world. Canadians place responsibility on product price points and overlook the security of a website, the survey says.

NordVPN’s survey asked 8,000 people around the world about their shopping habits, summarizing data from various counties including Canada, Australia and Germany.

Check Point Canada’s head of engineering, Robert Falzon, said Mobile syrupSome of the most common scams during the holiday shopping season involve phishing with fraudulent emails and texts

“Prime examples include fake emails pretending to ask for clarification or payment for product shipping, sales of fake products and inquiries about payment for items already purchased,” Falzon said.

NordVPN has also been found to play a role in social engineering. With the end goal being to get people to “download something dodgy,” cybercriminals disguise Maliko links with statements that prompt people to click on them, such as “Get the deal now before time runs out!”

Falzon said it is harder to spot a potential scam today than in the past as scammers improve the quality of their fraudulent activities. Creating realistic logos and domains is easy, he said.

So what can people do to keep their data safe?

“Canadians should be very careful about reaching them through their email inboxes,” warns Falzon.

Avoid clicking on links to consumer activity sent via email. Instead, buy products directly from sellers’ websites, he says.

Also, pay attention to consumer activity advertising addresses in your email, as scammers register domains that are similar to those they impersonate sellers.

“Perhaps surprisingly, Black Friday scams are not just a US phenomenon, as they continue to plague us in Canada at an alarming rate,” Falzon said.

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