Black Friday Security Tips By Experts

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up fast, here are security and privacy tips for online shopping from experts with KnowBe4 and Cequence Security.

Peter Carlisle, VP of Sales,  nCipher
December 02, 2019
How to stay safe online on Cyber Monday
Despite limited understanding on what makes a website secure and a lack of trust in the retail industry when it comes to protecting personal data, UK customers will be blinded by deals today and will flock to websites and physical stores to complete several purchases. According to a UK consumer survey by nCipher Security, in which 1,008 UK residents aged 18+ were polled, 23% of people in the UK ....
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Kimberly Goody, Manager, Cybercrime Analysis,  FireEye
December 01, 2019
The use of holiday themed email lures is a common and highly effective social engineering strategy used by many threat actors.
The upcoming period, starting with Black Friday on 29th November and running through to the January sales, presents a window of opportunity for cyber criminals. During this time, there are increased opportunities for threat actors to conduct operations that impact both individuals and corporations. A primary factor contributing to this escalation is the hugely increased volume of payment transacti ....
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Dr Guy Bunker, CTO,  Clearswift
December 01, 2019
Users need to be vigilant.
The thing to remember is: if the deal looks too good to be true, then it probably is. There will be some amazing deals around, but there will also be some amazing scams. There will be ghost websites which look exactly like ‘the real thing’, but which have been set up and run by cybercriminals. Be vigilant, is it, or Look out for web addresses which are nearly the sam ....
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Jason Kent, Hacker in Residence,  Cequence Security
November 27, 2019
The idea is that if it is legitimate, you need to correct it through your action rather than through a directed action.
"Any time there is a reference for an event, we see an increase in fraudulent activity. With the holidays just around the corner we can expect a step up in the pace of financially motivated attackers. Is that email real? Black Friday Sales, Cyber-Monday Deals, Huge Holiday Savings, etc…. These are all great phishing campaigns. If you see an advertisement for a sale, make sure that you can fi ....
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Stu Sjouwerman, Founder and CEO,  KnowBe4
November 27, 2019
Keep a close eye on your credit card and bank accounts.
"Bad actors celebrate the holidays too - they go into scam-overdrive mode. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest on-line shopping days for you and them. With that in mind, ten Fraud Alert Tips: and the bad guys are planning to get rich with your money. So, here are the Top 10 Fraud Alert Tips: 1. Never click on links in emails. If you want to shop at a site, enter that site address in yo ....
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