Online safety on Black Friday

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You might think that Black Friday is a relatively new initiative. In fact, Black Friday has existed in various forms for centuries, always falling though on the first Friday following Thanksgiving in the US.

Our current understanding of the term, and that of its newer sibling Cyber Monday, is of an online shopping phenomenon designed to maximise sales and offer seemingly unbeatable deals to consumers the world over.

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Of course in the modern world most activity takes place online and much has been made, this year particularly, on its impact on the logistics industry, especially at a time when the sector is facing a difficult time in terms of resource.

But, Black Friday and Cyber Monday also offer great opportunities for scammers to ramp up activity and attempt to slip through the net, especially on days when many people are online and receiving emails and messages offering deals and savings.

So, how do you stay safe while you attempt to bag that Christmas bargain?

Truth is that the advice isn’t any different for any other time of year. But, if you’re planning a spending spree here are a few steps you can take before you splash the cash on the Internet –

  • Check the site you’re visiting – Make sure whichever site you’re using shows the security padlock icon in the top left hand corner of the page. It’s also good practice to stick to reputable companies that you know well. You can easily be drawn into the practice of searching ever further and wider for that one fantastic deal.
  • Check emails carefully – It’s likely the number of emails you’re receiving will increase on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Be sure to check that they are genuine emails and are actually from the companies they purport to be. Scammers know that it’s easier to slip under the radar when activity is higher than normal. If something you’ve been sent seems too good to true, then it probably is!
  • Update your passwords – If it’s been a while since you’ve done this, it’s a good time to check and change any passwords, especially if they exist on sites that hold any of your personal information. You should also try and employ different passwords on each site you visit too, whilst developing codes that are not easily decipherable.
  • Keep passwords and pins out of view – It may be that you’re out and about and shopping via your mobile phone, or maybe you’re surfing on a computer away from home. Either way, make sure that no one can see you when you’re entering pins or passwords and be sure you log-out completely from any shared devices you might use.
  • Check balances regularly – If you’re making a number of purchases on the same day it’s good practice to check into your bank account or credit card account regularly to make sure that everything remains in order. The earlier you spot any inaccuracies, the better.

There’s no reason to avoid taking advantage of the deals on offer on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday. There are some genuinely great offers to be had, so dive in and get what you want. Remember though that a second of negligence can have far reaching consequences and might even possibly ruin Christmas before it even arrives.

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