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Kaspersky Lab Tips On Staying Safe While Shopping Online!

Kaspersky Lab Tips On Staying Safe While Shopping Online!

Here is a short guide by the Kaspersky Lab team on how to stay safe while shopping online during the holiday sales, whether it’s for Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Christmas! Bookmark it for reference, and share this with your friends!

 

Kaspersky Lab Tips On Staying Safe While Shopping Online!

Why Is This Important?

14 families of malware targeting 67 different popular consumer brands around the world were recently detected. It caused the exposure of a large amount of client emails from a popular online shop.

Emails may seem a small matter but this sort of information is in fact precious to scammers. Any personal data can be used by cybercriminals to target their victims.

Increase in the share of financial phishing in the last years

How Do Scammers Compromise Your Personal Data?

If a company is compromised and scammers get hold of customer’s email addresses, they can create an automatized spam mailout that mimics an authentic email. This would entice users to follow a malicious link or download a malicious file onto their devices.

What Should You Do?

Be very careful as we head into the holiday sales season, from Black Friday till Christmas and Boxing Day sales – the busiest time of the year. Do not compromise your bank accounts by following a phishing link and entering your bank credentials. Research shows that malware designed to steal data from online banking and payment accounts has extended its reach to target online shoppers.

Amazon sent out a warning as soon as the leak was exposed. And, although Amazon’s actions have been criticized for a lack of technical detail and a recommendation not to change users passwords, it’s great that company’s representative’s didn’t hesitate to warn their customers about possible threats, asking them to be on the lookout to minimize possible damage,” said Tatyana Sidorina, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

Tips On Staying Safe While Shopping Online

To keep yourself safe from fraudsters while shopping online during this holiday season, Kaspersky Lab recommends taking the following precautionary measures:

  • Always check the link address and the sender’s email to find out if they are genuine before clicking anything – very often phishers create URLs and e-mails that are are very similar to the authentic addresses of big companies, yet differ from them with one or two letters.
  • To make sure you follow a correct link, do not click on it, but type it into your browser’s address line instead.
  • Do not enter your credit card details in unfamiliar or suspicious sites and always double-check the webpage is genuine before entering any personal information (at least take a look at the URL). Fake websites may look just like the real ones.
  • If you think that you may have entered your data into a fake page, don’t hesitate. Change your passwords and pin-codes ASAP. Use strong passwords consisting of different symbols.
  • Never use the same password for several websites or services, because if one is stolen, all of your accounts will be put at risk. To create strong hack-proof passwords without having to face the struggle of remembering them, use a password manager such as Kaspersky Password Manager.
  • To ensure that no one penetrates your connection to invisibly replace genuine websites with fake ones, or intercept your web traffic, always use a secure connection – only use secure Wi-Fi with strong encryption and passwords, or apply VPN solutions that encrypt the traffic. For example, Kaspersky Secure Connection will switch on encryption automatically, when the connection is not secure enough.

 

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Lunar New Year Online Shopping Tips From Kaspersky

Every festive season turns into a shopping frenzy, and the action has moved increasingly online. With the convenience of online payment and in-app purchases, with delivery to your door, comes the very real risk of cybercrime, with you as the target. So here are some online shopping tips from Kaspersky!

Everyone loves a great deal during the Lunar New Year, and throughout the year. For cyber criminals, your frenzied shopping to get all the items you need delivered before the festivities begin is a prime opportunity. This is because in the euphoria and adrenaline rush of shopping, you will be more likely to make basic mistakes that can expose your personal data.

General Manager for Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia, Sylvia Ng explained that the brand understands festive season shopping is a priority for consumers but reminds that it is also a prime opportunity for cyber criminals.

“Get your shopping done safely. Sipping on an espresso at a local coffee house and doing your Internet shopping does seems convenient. However, you open yourself up to criminal activity by doing so. Public Wi-Fi networks are often less secure than private ones, and you risk the possibility of logging onto a phantom network instead of the real one, opening you up to potential identity theft”.

Everyone needs to be wary of public Wi-Fi when using your smartphones and tablets. If you have to do your shopping on any Wi-Fi network, you first need to ensure that it is secure and a network you can trust. Cyber criminals know consumers are more likely to visit sites with login accounts or financial information during busy shopping times.

They can easily monitor all the information sent across public Wi-Fi networks, which can include your bank account or credit card number. Is that deal really so attractive that you are willing to put your online identity and finances at risk? Probably not.

Lunar New Year Online Shopping Tips

This year, don’t let your last minute shopping frenzy lead you down a path of bad security decisions. Here are some common mistakes, and how you can avoid them.

  • Check that you are using the authentic website of your bank or payment system – this should be obvious, but it is a common mistake that can be very costly!
  • Pay attention to the https prefix, which indicates an encrypted connection – makes a world of difference.
  • Check the spelling of the website – a misspelled address is an obvious sign of a fake phishing page.
  • Use that virtual keyboards to protect your password from being intercepted by key loggers.

Also, consider the following when shopping online:

Avoid ransomware — don’t open email attachments from unknown shopping sites, and always back up your files.

Be aware of phishing links — don’t click on unexpected links sent via email, SMS, or messengers.

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Create strong passwords — combine letters, number and special characters to make them harder to hack.

Shop at safe sites — browse reviews before trusting online shopping sites with your credit card info.

Avoid shopping on public Wi-Fi — criminals love to snoop for your credentials in unsecured wireless networks.

Turn off Bluetooth, connect via cellular — these simple steps will make your smartphone connection much more secure.

Deny suspicious freeware — these ‘gifts’ might include adware or something even worse.

Avoid forged shipping confirmation emails — it could be a phishers’ bait for a quick click.

“These tips that we share are culled from real-life experiences of people. So, before you click on any deal, make sure that you are going to trusted sites. If you find a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is,” added Sylvia Ng.

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Kaspersky : The Password Dilemma & Solution Revealed!

Today we log into online accounts all the time. But what if suddenly you can’t log into the account you need, when you need it? What if you get the dreaded ‘password error’ message? Do you end up not being able to get home in time, or going out without a coat in the rain?

With the reality sometimes being much more serious than that, Kaspersky Lab research has revealed the dilemma people face when protecting their online accounts.

 

The Password Dilemma & Solution Revealed!

With our increasing dependency on online accounts to get us through our day-to-day lives, Kaspersky Lab has found that people are increasingly facing a dilemma – how to choose their passwords.

Some end up using strong and different passwords for every single account so that nothing can be hacked or exploited, but risk forgetting their passwords in the process. Others choose memorable passwords that make their lives easier, but also play right into cybercriminal hands.

Option #1 – Strong Passwords That Are Hard To Remember

According to Kaspersky’s research, many consumers understand the need for strong passwords on their accounts. When asked which three of their online accounts required the strongest passwords, 63% of consumers selected online banking accounts, 42% selected payment applications including e-wallets, and 41% online shopping.

However, the difficulty of remembering all these strong passwords means people are likely to forget them and still get locked out of their accounts. Two-in-five (38%) people cannot quickly restore passwords to their personal online accounts after losing them. This may lead to feelings of frustration or stress if they can’t carry on their normal activities as a result.

When it comes to password storage, half (51%) store passwords insecurely, with a quarter (23%) writing them in a notepad so that they don’t have to remember them, which also puts their security at risk.

 

Option #2 – Weak Passwords That Are Easy To Crack

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As an alternative answer to the password dilemma, and to avoid the frustration of having to remember long passwords, some people are developing other insecure password habits instead. For example, 10% use just one password for all accounts, allowing them to live their online lives seamlessly, without ever struggling to remember how to login to anything. That’s until a cybercriminal gets hold of that one key password and unlocks everything for themselves, of course.

Indeed, 17% of the consumers surveyed by Kaspersky Lab have faced the threat of, or have successfully had, an online account hacked in the past 12 months. Emails are the most targeted accounts (41%), closely followed by social media (37%), banking accounts (18%) and shopping accounts (18%).

 

There Is A Third Option After All

According to Kaspersky Lab, consumers don’t have to be limited to just two options in answering their password dilemmas. There is in fact no need for them to compromise, as Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab explains,

“If people have strong passwords that they can remember, they will not only be able to access everything they need, whenever they need it, but the information held in their accounts will also be secure from hackers. This is important to consumers that just want to get on with their day-to-day lives in safety – allowing them to, for example, find someone’s contact information, recall a specific meeting place, win the war in their favorite game, check their emails, or order something they need when they want, without revealing their information to any hackers or criminals.

“But remembering secure passwords is difficult, meaning users face a password dilemma every day – and often either forget strong passwords or end up creating passwords that are easy to remember but also easy to hack. However, there is a third option which can bring consumers peace of mind – using a password manager solution allows people to have strong passwords, without having to write them down in notepads or remember complicated strings of words with special characters”.

To help consumers regain control over their sprawling online identities, Kaspersky Password Manager stores all of a user’s passwords in a secure vault. They only need to remember one master password in order to access all of their accounts, taking away the panic felt when access is prevented for whatever reason.

Through a free My Kaspersky account, users can access their passwords via any device, no matter where they are or what time of day, helping them keep accounts and valuable information secure and only available to the user. The automatic password generator feature also helps create strong passwords, taking away the pain for users but giving hackers a big headache.

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