Want to do online shopping? Be conscious about counterfeits

The present generation is using their smartphones while they are shopping, to compare prices and deals in online. In the US, the Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping mostly are done with the help of the mobile device. However, the researchers have found something controversial matters. Mobile shopping security has become a bigger issue now. The cyber criminals are also aware that people are relying heavily on their Smartphones during the holiday season. The consumers often connect to free wifi hotspots while shopping, crackers have taken to setting up fake wifi zones persuade people into connecting.
If a notification is alerted with a wifi network labeled with a store name that is nowhere nearby, then do not connect. The same goes for wifi networks set up with the word ‘free’, often these are fraudulent as well. Crackers will also monitor communications over authorized networks that are poorly secured and not properly configured, but this is a tedious process than getting an unsuspecting shopper to connect to a malicious network.
The system intruders are also known to repackage authentic applications so that the fake application they create looks almost identical to the real thing. Sometimes hackers will create a completely fake application from scratch, which does not exist in the official app stores. These fake apps will promise points for downloading. The fake app even accesses the user’s contacts to send the vouchers to more mobile phones without permission. The only way to avoid such fake applications is to directly download the apps from the Google Play and apple App store.
Shopping in online, remember the following steps:
Create an authenticated account:
The security analysts suggest using complex passwords that include a variety of numbers, characters, strings or special characters. Most of the folks who are using the internet have dozens of accounts, making it difficult to remember every password. The best way to remember the passwords is to write on paper and store it in a safe place. The people can also use password managers like LastPass or 1Password.
To keep the online history private from the unauthorized persons, one can create a unique username for each shopping website. The users who choose to use a password manager should be sure to keep the master password in a secured place. The password managers are not impenetrable to the hackers and hence the passwords should be changed regularly.
Keep an eye on your bank account:
Most of the time especially during the festival seasons, the customers will be purchasing more, so they should be extra cautious to make sure account activity is authentic or not. When any purchase is made by a customer, an alert notification message should be sent to the consumer’s mobile phones. Many banking apps allow the users to set mobile notifications for all account activity. Many shopping sites like Amazon also offer the option to receive status updates on shipments.
The system intruders often test cards to see if they are valid by charging small amounts of one dollar or two dollars. If those cards are to be found valid, they can sell them to other rogues for a premium. If there is any notice of the unauthorized charges, immediately contact the concerned bank.
Beware of the fake links:
There are numerous mobile apps and misleading landing pages put the users at risk of being hacked. While shopping in online, a person should be sure that he/she is shopping on the correct website of the store before giving any personal information or a credit card number. Bad web design is the major cause for scam web pages. The users should make sure that the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is correct and begins with “HTTPS” or a lock symbol should be present next to the web address, which means it is encrypted.
Most of the shopping is expected to be done on mobile devices. In the year 2015, it was found that eighty-five applications had infected the users with malware. Nearly one million blacklisted applications used the name of famous e-commerce brands in their app titles or descriptions to trick consumers. The folks should not rely on reviews and ratings alone, so they can be easily cheated. It is best to download apps that are linked on the retailer’s official website.
The folks should be alert of emails and pop-up messages when asking for the password, credit card number or personal information. No authorized enterprises would ask consumers to disclose such information through email or popup. Do not reply or click on the links in these messages as they may take to copycat malicious websites.
Unofficial E-Commerce Apps:
The hackers are using some fake apps to get the secured information of online customers like the debit card and credit card information. So the folks should be aware of the fake apps and not download any unofficial e-commerce online shopping apps. Because no one knows what is inside the app.
Don’t use public Wi-Fi for shopping:
While shopping in online, the people should be sure that not use any public Wi-Fi like wireless networks of the coffee shop, airport or another public network instead use only secure Wi-Fi at home. Use a mobile device with a data plan or a personal hotspot created from the phone for shopping purposes. The laptops or tablets can also be used with a secured wifi connection. The Virtual Private Network (VPN) like Private internet Access protects the web traffic and ensures better security.
Use two-step authentication:
This layer of security with two-step authentication method is a great way to make sure only the concerned person signs into the account. In addition to this two-step authentication process, the shoppers should check if the retailers are purchasing from offer their own security measures. The shopping sites like Amazon, Flip kart offer two-step authentication.
According to the Survey:
The RiskIQ, an enterprise security firm has exclaimed that the Smartphone risk is higher in the year 2016 comparing to that of the year 2015. There are more active cyber crooks and many more shoppers using mobile phones to find products and make purchases, either through Wi-Fi in stores or online in other places. It is also stated that mobile device owners are at risk of loading up malicious pages claiming big product discounts, fake apps that promise to make the shopping easier, and the resulting viruses that install themselves and steal money and personal data. The Malicious black Friday apps may even lock the mobile phones. The report has given a statement that one out of ten mobile apps that pop up when performing a Black Friday search on global app stores are listed as malicious. On the online shopping front outside mobile devices, there are nearly two thousand blacklisted website addresses associated with the online merchants. The fake websites are linked to the spam, malware and phishing schemes. Dynamically, the report insists that shoppers looking for a great deal online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday should have a proper concentration on social media websites. Also, the users should never provide a credit card number outside a secure online shopping portal with fake promises of coupons or free merchandise.
Author Bio :-
Andrew Shah is a digital marketing manager at Zoplay.com, a leading PHP script development company that offers valuable services to clients. As a professional, he is interested in developing new mobile apps with Zoplay scripts that will benefit both customers and business owners.
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