With Cyber Monday sales expected to reach an all time high, security experts are warning online shoppers to take precaution while surfing the web.
Consumers spent approximately 1.5 billion dollars during Cyber Monday last year, an uptick of 16% from 2011, reports Mashable. Data theft and credit card scams coupled with a rise in online sales is a recipe for disaster–but not if you’re mindful of your online activity. Will Pelgrin, CEO of The Center of Internet Security (CIS), spoke with Mashable on tips to staying safe and secure online during shopping season:
Avoid Pop-up Ads
They may seem innocent, but ‘tis the season for malicious pop-up ads. Studies have shown that a large amount of consumers will click on the account regardless of its message, confirmed Pelgrin. Your best bet is to be mindful of what pop-ups say because it could be proof of an impending threat.
Ensure Software Is Up-To-Date
Keep apps and software current; don’t just rely on automatic updates. To be on the safe side, make updates at least once a week.
Use Strong Passwords
Your birthday or number sequences won’t work. Be sure to create and use strong passwords. Check out Mashable’s guide to creating a secure password.
Install Antivirus and Anti-Spyware Software
When shopping, you don’t want others to be able to track what websites you’re visiting and what information you’re entering online.