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Holiday shoppers in India have started celebrating New Year and going gaga for exciting budget-rich online holiday shopping. There are cybercriminals who is also following the footsteps of shoppers’ online payment activity.
Security expert, Rajesh Maurya, Regional Director, India & SAARC, Fortinet asserts, “Online shopping promotions and deals have captured the attention of many people. Given the rise in identity theft, malware, phishing and scam sites, online shoppers need to be more careful than ever especially during festive seasons. Online holiday shoppers will become the perfect targets for cyber criminals if they get too carefree about their online safety.”
The top 3 security tips that Indian consumers should remember when shopping online:
Many of the items being purchased this holiday season are tech devices that can connect to the Internet. Unfortunately, very few of these devices were designed with security in mind. These devices can often be used to collect personal information, or they can be hijacked and used as weapons. Vulnerable connected devices include:
Hacking these devices themselves is not really the problem. No one is interested in hacking into your smartwatch to figure out your exercise routines, or your weight loss plan. But they are using reconnaissance hacks to discover your passwords for the WiFi network at work, or your account information for automatic online purchases, to steal or spoof your identity, or even to figure out when you are away from home.
Fortinet is starting to see a wave of new threats that are likely to begin targeting consumers.
“While the payment card industry has established standards to protect consumers, there is no way to evaluate the security deployed by an online merchant. We need to take the time to educate ourselves, our friends and family about how to shop online more carefully and safely,” said Rajesh Maurya.
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