This year, shoppers are expected to spend a staggering £2.53bn over the course of the Black Friday weekend. However, with deals already flying out, how can you make sure you keep your information safe when you're shopping online? Find out below!
1. Don’t use public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi is a breeding ground for data thieves. You can’t tell if a public Wi-Fi connection is safe and secure, so you should never enter your card details whilst connected. Ideally, you should be on a secure, private connection that you trust and you know who created it. If you must shop online whilst you are out and about, your regular mobile data will be safer than public Wi-Fi.
2. Check before you buy
If you come across a website that has an excellent deal but you have never shopped with them before, check them out before you enter any payment details to make sure it is a legitimate site. Carry out a search on Google or have a look at reviews, just don’t click and buy because you think the deal is too good to miss. That’s how cyber criminals lure you in.
3. Look for the padlock
In the URL bar there should be a padlock next to the web address. This symbol means the site is secure but doesn’t always mean the seller is honest. Be wary if you don’t know who you are buying from, but always make sure that little padlock is sitting at the top of the page. Never enter your card details onto a site if you can’t see that symbol.
4. Use a credit card
If you can, use a credit card when shopping online so you have an extra layer of protection. Debit cards link straight to your financial accounts, whereas credit cards don’t and you only have a set limit you can spend on them. If you can use something like PayPal, that would be even better.
5. Report it
If you think your card has been cloned or there are transactions you don’t recognise, call your bank and block your cards immediately. Don’t wait around! Make sure you check your statements on a regular basis so you know what you have spent and more importantly, what you haven’t.
If you follow these tips and you shop carefully, you should have a great Black Friday, with no nasty surprises. If you want to chat more about cyber security, get in touch with our team!