Black Friday attracts crowds and crowds attract scammers and that means you need to be extra careful when shopping online through Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. There will be people willing to help you make more money than you save on a TV or game console.
The following precautions apply at any time of year, but you should remind yourself of them each time an important holiday approaches. In the rush to organize your gifts, it’s easy to miss warning signs or get complacent about online security.
Update all your software
Staying up-to-date on programs and operating systems is important enough that Microsoft, Apple, Google, Mozilla and all the other big names in the tech sector now make it hard for anyone to fall behind with new releases. their updates—most of the time you will be prompted regularly to install new versions of the software, and it may even happen automatically in the background without you noticing.
Today’s browsers, apps, and operating systems are very good at detecting phishing scams as they happen, whether it’s phishing emails (designed to lure you to a banking or buying website) fake shopping) or unauthorized logins to your account. To get the most out of this built-in security feature, make sure you’re running the latest versions of your entire system, that is, the latest security patches—if you’ve turned off phone updates your phone or computer, get them done by Black Friday.
If you have a laptop that’s too old to run the latest versions of Windows or macOS, avoid using it if possible—you’ll be safer shopping on your phone, as long as it’s running latest Android or iOS update. On Android, you can check for updates via System and System update in the settings section; on iOS, it’s Setting And after that Shared and Software updates.
Be wary of email and social media deals
You’ll likely be flooded with special offers via email and social media this Black Friday, but be careful when clicking on deals that come from dubious sources (such as stores you’ve never seen before). previous shopping). Always check that the link you click takes you to the website you want to visit.
There’s no hard and fast way to ensure you’ll never be detected by a dodgy link (other than completely ignoring them), but you can reduce the risk: Check your network accounts social or email address sending the link is real, visit the website in question in a separate browser window to see if you can find similar offers advertised and Make sure the offer you are viewing is the one that was advertised.
If your browser is up to date, as we mentioned above, dangerous links will be blocked before you access them, but we still advise you to be vigilant. You’ll see some great deals advertised on social media and email, but none of the discounts are worth the risk of exposing yourself to scammers.