The Christmas shopping season is about to start in earnest. Shoppers are predicted to log in and checkout in their droves, as they take advantage of retailers’ discounts and give themselves plenty of time for goods to arrive before Christmas. But before you join the throng, read our guide to shopping online.
The growth in the popularity of online shopping websites has brought an increase in the activities of cybercriminals that are targeting unwary consumers. If you’re going to get the best out of your online shopping activities — without falling prey to criminals and Internet scams — you’ll need to take a few precautions.
Here are some useful online shopping tips to help you to enjoy the Internet in greater safety:
Search the Internet safely
Even though search engines are very useful when you are looking for products, reviews or price comparisons, you run the risk of unintentionally clicking on ‘poisoned’ search results that could lead you to malware instead of your intended destination.
These poisoned search results are created by cybercriminals that use search engine optimisation (SEO) tricks — sometimes referred to as Black SEO — to manipulate search engine results to include malicious links. Tools such as Kaspersky’s URL Advisor — or third-party browser add-ons, such as Web of Trust — can help prevent you from clicking on poisoned links and entering malicious websites.