The holiday shopping season is upon us with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner.
We want our message to be loud and clear: Be wise to holiday phishing scams when choosing to shop and buy online. Malicious ad campaigns could be lurking on e-commerce websites, and fraudulent emails containing scams or nefarious links could be hitting your inbox.
Warning signs of a phishing email:
Be prepared by setting up multi-factor authentication wherever possible for your most frequently used accounts. Examples include banking apps, payment sites (like PayPal: How to set up 2FA) and e-commerce sites (such as Amazon: How to set up 2FA). This will help protect your accounts from theft and prevent a breach of your private data.
Another way to stay secure is to only visit sites you trust. All reputable shopping websites will have a secure URL that includes HTTPS, as well as a lock symbol in the upper left of the URL address bar. Visual reference below.
Wishing you all a safe and warm holiday season.