12 tips to safely enjoy Black Friday on the internet 🔒 – Tecnoblog

Black Friday takes place on November 26th and, like every big event, it catches the attention of millions of people who are crazy about a good offer. In contrast, the period is also a treasure hunt for cybercriminals who prey on our flaws. That’s why maintaining safety habits becomes essential. Come and see 12 tips I’ve put together for you to safely enjoy Black Friday online. 😉

Tips to safely enjoy Black Friday online. (Image: CardMapr / Unsplash)

Trusted websites have an “S” in their URL address that certifies that the connection between your device and the website is secure. This means that your personal, credit card and bank details will not be intercepted during the purchase process. It is common for sites with https:// show a closed padlock on the page’s URL and the address in green.

HTTPS on the Tecnoblog website (Image: Tecnoblog)

The tip is valid not only for store websites, but also for pages of banks, credit unions and other financial institutions — which you will probably access to make payments — which are the main targets of attacks phishing, which is a type of Internet fraud aimed at obtaining a user’s credentials.

O https, however, it does not guarantee that the site is secure. Scammers are able to acquire certificates like these on websites from phishing. So, follow the next tips.

2. Do not buy from stores that appear on the Procon list

In addition to checking the store’s website security, avoid buying from companies that appear on the Procon-SP list. The institution periodically updates the names, bringing together online stores that have had complaints, have been notified but have not responded, or that those responsible have not been found.

Check out the last updated list in May this year by clicking here.

It is very common to see email messages, via WhatsApp, SMS or Facebook and Instagram, distributing infected links with websites that are actually copies of large stores. The purpose is to deceive inattentives who end up including data on a fake website. Do not click directly on these links, go to the original website and check if the offer is really valid.

4. Don’t use public WiFi networks for shopping

This tip is valid for the whole year, but especially on Black Friday. The sense of urgency can make us make some mistakes. Therefore, avoid doing business transactions online on public networks, insecure or without passwords, such as free WiFi in malls, airports, bars and restaurants.

wifi image with the text
Public WiFi networks can be a risk at the time of purchase. (Image: Paul Hanaoka / Unsplash)

5. Avoid downloading unknown apps

The danger could also lie in the app stores. With promises to offer coupons or advise lower prices, fake store apps and/or payments can be a drag. Download only apps listed on the official website of the store you usually buy.

6. Be wary of everything

Newsletters, e-mails, messages with generic greetings and any unsolicited communication can be a sign of a scam. phishing. Ignore slips for products or services you didn’t request or giveaways and promotions you didn’t sign up for.

7. Analyze the URL of websites and emails

Check carefully the URL you are going to buy and the sender of the emails you receive. In homographic attacks, scammers take advantage of famous names and combinations of unusual characters. So, instead of the “m”, they use “rn” (RN) to, in a “coup de view”, make “free market” look like “free market”, or “Arnericanas”, like “Americans”. There are examples with characters from other alphabets as well.

8. Use uma VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Even if you’re shopping at home or at work, using a VPN (virtual private network that offers additional encryption and sensitive browsing tools) **** never hurts. Your communication with the internet will be encrypted and protected from interception, preventing your data from being visible to unauthorized persons. You will be shopping and banking and should not risk losing money.

person holding cell phone with the text VPN on the screen and a computer in the background.
VPN is a virtual private network that offers additional encryption and sensitive browsing tools. (Image: Dan Nelson / Unsplash)

9. Update your antivirus

Some antiviruses use the Procon-SP list and others deny lists to block access to fake, malicious websites that have already been reported by scams. phishing. Make sure yours is up to date with this information and update.

10. Check basic store information

In any situation (with or without Black Friday), check store information such as company name, CNPJ, address and, mainly, all forms of contact with it such as: e-mail; telephone; Whatsapp; chatbot; between others. The absence of these data on the website may indicate a problem.

11. Understand the site’s return and exchange policy

The exchange and return policy of an online store is a set of rules created by the retailer to determine and manage what the customer can exchange or return after a purchase. It is important to analyze and understand this policy of the sites you will be purchasing so that you don’t have surprises if you need to request any changes to the order.

12. Don’t get carried away by the sense of urgency

The sense of urgency to complete an online purchase isn’t always real. Beware of ads with countdown minutes and/or messages like “click now”. These are common ways to get you to act mindlessly and make purchases from fake sites whose visual identity is nearly identical to cause confusion.

That’s it! Follow these tips safely and enjoy shopping this Black Friday. 💖

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