How to ensure safe purchases during this Cyber Monday

Cómo velar por compras seguras en este Cyber Monday

At the midst of e-commerce’s growth and the rise of cybersecurity threats during events as the Cyber Monday, celebrated in Chile between this October 3rd and 5th, is key to consider various measures that allow secure online purchases. 

More than 9.4 billion of attempted cyberattacks were registered in Chile during 2021, according to data collected by FortiGuard Labs; four times more than the numbers registered in 2020. 

As e-commerce continues growing and is here to stay, since it enables efficient and fast transactions, attacks in terms of security are also more frequent, especially at events of online sales. 

Formjacking is one of threats that can take place in this sort of events. This type of cyberattack takes advantage of the users’ trust in forms. The purpose is to get as much confidential information from the user as possible, like name, address, phone number and credit card information. 

Despite this, there’s no need to be worried; following certain measures, we can have a pleasant and secure purchase experience during this event. These are some of the tips we’d like to share with you: 

  • Make sure the website is secure when you are about to make and online purchase or payment. To do this, you need to check the padlock symbol in your browser’s address bar. 
  • An updated antivirus software is recommended to protect your computer from malwares and threats intended to steal your personal information. 
  • It’s also suggested not to use public Wi-Fi networks when you make a transaction to avoid this type of problems. Also, check that the web address be familiar and don’t include unusual elements that may raise the alarms. 
  • Another important point is to access the webpage address directly from the address bar. 

¿What to do in case of data theft? 

If you still get to be a victim of data theft or another security problem during an online purchase, the first thing you need to do is change your passwords.

Then, check your bank statement from all the financial products hired. If you find a transaction you didn’t approve, get in touch with your bank immediately, block your cards and request new ones. 

Even when there are many online payment platforms on the market, it is important to use one with security systems for potential cyberthreats and scams. In Flow, we have robust and state-of-the-art encryption mechanisms for sensitive data in transit (networks), at rest (stored) and in use (memory). 

Every aspect of cybersecurity is definitely important, and the service providers and financial institutions are the main responsible. Worrying about security when you have already been attacked is too late and reporting to the police will not prevent the problems that a cyberattack entails. The most important is prevention, the advice from specialized companies and having cyberdefense mechanisms. 

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