Cyber Monday is just around the corner. For a period of 24 hours, millions of people will take advantage of great online deals right from their cell phones.
According to PFSWeb Inc., in 2015, total mobile sales from Cyber Monday rose 53 percent from 2014. The forecast of mobile sales for this year is even bigger.
But, as you shop online for your holiday gifts this year, beware of the cybercriminals shopping for you.
‘Tis the Season to Avoid HACKERS
This time of the year is full of cybercriminals lurking around corners to steal data from vulnerable devices and unaware shoppers.
So, what do you need to do to keep your accounts safe and secure when you shop from your phone?
We put together this list of tips for safe mobile shopping, so you can be prepared on Cyber Monday.
1. Buy from secure websites
When shopping online, only buy from a HTTPS website. The “s” is a crucial letter in the URL—it means the website uses an extra level of security. If you’re not sure if you’re shopping on a HTTPS site, use the store’s app instead. Apps have an added layer of security and encryption, thus making them safer for making purchases.
2. Don’t trust all those emails
Emails that look authentic could be from scammers trying to steal your information. So, don’t click or “touch” on offers in your inbox. Go straight to the store’s website to find offers. The same goes for those promotional codes—don’t “touch” those links to retrieve the code. Manually copy the promo code and use it on the store’s website.
3. Don’t buy anything on free Wi-Fi
Resist the urge to use free public Wi-Fi. Cybercriminals can snoop around on your connection and steal your information on a public network. Always take precautions and use your 3G/4G mobile network.
4. Buy with credit, not debit
Buy with your credit card rather your debit card. If something goes wrong during a purchase, it’s usually easier to settle an issue with your credit card company than with your bank.
5. Adopt phone-based payment methods
Mobile payment technologies such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, Chase Pay or Google Wallet can’t be duplicated like credit cards. Consider using these digital wallets when making mobile purchases.
6. Always password protect your phone
For heaven’s sake, set a 4-digit pin number on your phone to access it. It might be a pain in the neck to enter your pin, but if you accidentally lose your phone without that protection, you will experience far greater pain.
7. Watch out for peeping eyes
Considering all of these safety tips when shopping from your phone, this one is the least high tech. But it’s important to be aware of those near you while you’re on your mobile device in public. Peeping eyes can have serious consequences if a clever thief gets too close. Shield your login credentials and personal data from sight.
While many of these safe mobile shopping tips seem like common sense, it is easy to get consumed in the moment when you are in a hurry. Following these safety tips will help keep your mobile shopping experience quick and painless. From Ren Scott Creative to you, be safe while shopping on Cyber Monday and during the holiday season.