The Digital Dangers of Black Friday


26 Nov 2015

The Digital Dangers of Black Friday

It’s that time of the year again where the general public lose their minds and stampede through the likes of Tesco, Curry’s and River Island in an effort to get their hands on heavily discounted products for Black Friday. Some of us may choose to adopt knee pads and Kevlar before starting the bargain hunt, however there are many (myself included) who prefer to do their Black Friday shopping online in a conscious effort to avoid the high-street bloodbath.

There are, however, plenty of dangers in shopping online. I’m not talking about the kind of dangers that leave you lying in a hospital bed for 6 months, black and blue with bruises and broken bones. I mean the kind of dangers that result in credit card fraud, malware, scams and all other kinds of digital displeasures.

No doubt you have all received relentless e-mails claiming fantastic savings over the last few days from your favourite retailers. Following these links can be very fruitful - often a retailer will discount products that you have added to some form of wish list or shopping cart in an effort to persuade you to buy it. The issue is, many of these e-mails can be malicious, and the ‘good’ criminals (if there is such a thing) are very talented at making such e-mails look authentic.

Rather than spewing out a load of technical gobbledygook about how to detect these threats, I’ve created a few tips for dodging the metaphorical bullet;

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