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3 Holiday Tech Security Threats: What to Watch for When Online Shopping

The holiday season not only brings Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but an increase of online shopping overall. In fact, it’s predicted by the National Retail Federation that 16% of this year’s $586 billion holiday purchases will be made either using a computer or mobile device.

Although online shopping can be extremely convenient, it also presents threats not present with traditional shopping. Here are three technology security threats to be on the lookout for when completing your online holiday shopping:

Threat: Clickjacking

Clickjacking is a malicious script, which takes over the links displayed for various webpages. When this happens, Internet users who try to click on this link are taken to an unintended destination. This malicious program can be hidden by anything that you’re asked to click on, including phony seasonal ecard, Christmas videos, and online coupons.

Internet Safety Tip: Avoid clicking any suspicious link, image or page.


Threat: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

According to OWASP, Cross-site scripting is a “type of injection problem, in which malicious scripts are injecting into otherwise trusted sites. This kind of attack can steal any cookies or passwords you have saved in your browser.

Internet Safety Tip: Only visit reputable websites and be wary of unfamiliar sites offering deals that seem “too-good-to-be-true.” Another tip is to log out of bank and other sites that store confidential information when browsing or shopping online and to clear cookies frequently.


Threat: Mobile Malware

According to PriceGrabber, “82% of consumers plan to use mobile apps to save money when purchasing gifts this year.” As more individuals download and access mobile apps, there is a heightened possibility malware installed on phones.

Internet Safety Tip: Only download apps from trustworthy sources. Once apps are downloaded, make sure to check them and delete suspicious apps immediately. It’s also important to always keep your apps to date to prevent criminals from exploiting vulnerabilities in outdated apps to access your phone.


SOUND OFF: Are you shopping online this holiday season? What measures are you taking to protect yourself information and devices?

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