It’s that time of the year again when the Christmas sales season really kicks off. With online purchasing set to hit new record levels, you need to be aware of the potential risks as Christmas can be a profitable time for cybercriminals too.
For the unwary there are quite a few dangers shopping online. Malware, fraudulent online offers and many other types of digital dangers increase in volume at this time year.
We’ve already covered the increased risk from phishing emails in a previous post, but as these are often the most common attack vector, it is worth going over again. With the sales season underway, you’ve probably seen your inbox begin to fill up with e-mails promoting amazing savings from your favourite retailers. Clicking on these links can be great, you could find yourself with a fantastic bargain or discount that’s just too good to miss.
The problem is, however, that some of these emails are likely to have been sent for malicious reasons. If something appears too good to be true, there is a strong possibility it is. Criminals are often very good at making such emails look genuine and too enticing to resist, after all, many of them have had a lot of practise.