As local radio stations start playing Christmas carols on repeat, retailers are gearing up for the winter holiday shopping season. According to the National Retail Federation, more than 135.8 million shoppers will start their shopping over Thanksgiving weekend.
That’s a lot of potential targets for hackers.
Furthermore, according to Google, all-day-shopping marathons will be replaced by online “shopping moments” lasting all season long—meaning more opportunities for hackers to prey on unsuspecting shoppers.
So what are consumers doing to prepare for the potential risks?
According to a recent survey, more than half of respondents said they planned to shop “only on personal internet connection networks” as a precaution. In the same survey, 35 percent said they won’t store payment card information on retailers’ websites, and 45 percent said they won’t click on any links sent in e-mails.
In addition to these digital hygiene practices, it’s probably a good idea for shoppers to keep their anti-virus software updated, frequently monitor bank statements, and pay close attention to the privacy policies of websites they’re patronizing.
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