As bargain shoppers around the world look to spend big on Black Friday 2021, Microsoft has issued some guidance on how to stay safe when shopping online.
The company released a blog post containing some top tips on how to make sure you stay safe during the holiday shopping season.
The advice seems particularly relevant because a recent Microsoft survey found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of holiday shopping will be done online this year, but global supply chain issues leave some of us looking for the right one. Can lead to let down your guard. Gift.
Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance and Identity, said, “While we all deal with these challenges and what they mean for our holiday traditions and celebrations, there is another group that is evaluating whether their What does it mean for hackers?
“We know that bad actors want to understand the psychology of their victims — what moves they’ll fall for and what their weaknesses are. And this year, there are some new areas around which we all need to be extra cautious.”
Microsoft’s advice includes always double-checking links to make sure they won’t redirect you somewhere unexpected. Spelling mistakes, errors or extra letters can often be a cheap gift that an ecommerce scammer may be lurking.
It found that one in four shoppers bought an item that was nothing like the one described online in the end, and 61% called it a “misleading online shopping experience”, such as a scam.
Elsewhere, it is important to make sure that your passwords are strong and secure to ensure that you are not caught by any attack. The company says it detected 579 password attacks every second, and is advising users to turn on multi-factor or 2FA authentication for that extra layer of security.
“With many people concerned about availability, we all need to be extra vigilant about scams that may fall prey to our desires to get gifts to our loved ones,” concludes Jakkal.
“Tunnel Vision can be easy to get and when we see an ad for what we want with a “guaranteed delivery” offer. It can be tempting to go for it, even if it’s a site we’re not sure about That we can trust. But keep in mind, most offers that sound too good to be true are just that.”
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