Cyber Monday: How to Stay Safe and Secure

Black Friday, a well-documented shopping frenzy that we all know and love that involves the lowest prices and the most fanatical shoppers. People swing from the lights, trample each other, forget their children and just cause general mayhem. It really is quite the infamous event worldwide as videos of the insanity instantly go viral. It’s a yearly reality show for the world to enjoy.

Honestly it’s just insanity.

But with the insanity in the retail sector on Black Friday however brings another phenomenon; Cyber Monday. For those of you who didn’t know Cyber Monday is the online equivalent of Black Friday, with online sales the Monday after Black Friday being unusually high. Cyber Monday has become a phenomenon of its own, and since more and more business is being directed online it stands to reason that Cyber Monday will only grow as the years go on.

But with this rising phenomenon comes numerous internet security issues. Nearly all websites will be offering deals, but the lesser known websites may not be secure, and could even be stealing your credit card information. Some less known websites will be offering the biggest deals, and here are three tips to make sure you can take advantage of those sales safely and securely.

1) Look for the lock
This might sound odd, but a secure website will have a SSL encryption installed. You’ll be able to determine this by looking at the URL. If it starts with HTTPS:// instead of HTTP:// it is a secure website. If it is an HTTPS website it will have a lock icon to the left of the URL. It is absolutely imperative that this is present on the website you are entering your credit card information. If it isn’t there, go to a different website.

2) Trust your Instincts
If a website seems shady, or untrustworthy then go to a different website. The great thing about Cyber Monday is that nearly all online stores will have great sales, if you found a good price for a product once you can find it again. Be aware of the website you’re on, especially if you haven’t visited it before or if it’s not a recognized name in the online community.

3) Use Internet Security Software
BrowseControl with the category filtering feature has an exhaustive list of online stores that are safe. With one easy click of a button you can disable all threats to your online shopping this Cyber Monday. This is especially important if your child was looking to do some online shopping. They have less experience with online shopping, and are more vulnerable to online security threats. Protect your computer, your credit card, and your identity today with BrowseControl.

With these three tips you can keep your shopping safe and secure, and minimize the potential damage this Cyber Monday could cause. Happy shopping, and stay safe this Black Friday. People can get a bit too excited about the deals, just look it up on YouTube if you don’t believe me.

Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu is a Product Manager with CurrentWare. He enjoys helping businesses improve their employee productivity & data loss prevention efforts through the deployment of the CurrentWare solutions.