I was browsing my usual haunts for news and articles yesterday, but never really had a chance to get a little post together yesterday.
I found a neat little article on Bankinfosecurity.com about Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day. While this geared more toward businesses, I think consumers can learn from this also because it includes all sorts of variations of phishing, such as vishing and smishing, as well as messages they should expect from a retailer, etc.
Also discussed is Zeus. The Zeus virus has been a nasty bit of malware that targeted bank info, and recently it made its way on to mobile apps. It’s important for both businesses and consumers to be cautious of clicking on any links they are unfamiliar with.
The article also describes the difficulty of pre-paid gift cards and says that these instruments are relatively easy to fake. Even more difficult is that these cards are difficult to track because of their anonymous nature. Bankinfosecurity continues on with tips to reduce merchants’ exposure to risk with these gift cards and they also provide other things to keep in mind to make the holiday shopping season safer. It’s well worth the read, so click here for the article.
If you run a business, I hope this article helps and for the shoppers out there I hope there’s some nuggets of wisdom that you can come away with from reading this.
Happy shopping and selling and I’ll see you next post.
PS Check out the articles below for more on Cyber Monday
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