Black Friday security warning: Seven top tips to keep you safe from cyber criminals

Black Friday shoppers have been urged to beware of scams as cyber criminals look to take advantage of one of the busiest online shopping periods of the year.

The National Cyber Security Centre — the cyber security arm of the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ — has published a series of tips for online shoppers to help stop them falling victim to hackers and other online criminals over the course of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond.

Some of the simple security advice being offered by the NCSC include basic online security hygiene: recommendations to keep up-do-date with the latest software patches and security updates, and to secure important accounts with strong passwords and two-factor authentication — a password manager is also recommended.

When it comes to making online purchases, consumers are being urged to ‘shop smart’ and not to click on links in emails and text messages if a deal seems too good to be true. It could be that this is a phishing email, designed to outright steal usernames, passwords and payment details — or the products on offer by the criminal seller could be cheap bootlegs.

To counter these threats, users are urged to shop on sites they trust and visit websites manually by entering the address into their web browser.

The NCSC has also warned Black Friday shoppers to avoid over-sharing information onlineand, when possible, to only fill in the mandatory details marked with an asterix on forms when making a purchase. Users are also advised to avoid creating new accounts, if at all possible, unless they plan on using a site a lot in the future. ..Read More..

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