Amazon Prime Day: Christmas for Adults

17 Jul
Company, Industry, News

Amazon made just made the start of this week much better!

Prime Day gives you the next 36 hours to completely revamp everything in your house. For those of you unfamiliar with Prime Day, it’s like black Friday where millions of products are placed at massively discounted rates. However, it’s only available to Amazon Prime members. With all these deals it’s easy to lose track and forget about cyber security. Luckily, you’re reading this are our team has your back. Below are our top cybersecurity tips for online shopping;

Avoid Email Scams: They make it look pretty and eye-catching, intriguing you with way too good to be true sales. To not be tricked, I like to go to the site from the actual site’s webpage instead of clicking the ad in my inbox. If the sale is on the webpage then I know for sure this is true deal. If it feels too good to be true, it most likely is.

Avoid public Wi-Fi: You might be tempted to take your online shopping spree to a coffee shop for a cup of joe. Keep in mind, Wi-Fi networks use public airwaves. With a little tech know-how and the freely available Wi-Fi password at your favourite cafe, someone can intercept what you’re looking at on the web. Shopping online usually means giving out information that an identity thief would love to grab, including your name and credit card information. Bottom line: It’s never a good idea to shop online or log in to any website while you’re connected to public Wi-Fi.

Create strong passwords: If someone has the password to your account, they can log in, change the shipping address, and order things while you get stuck with the bill. Help keep your account safe by locking it with a strong password— “Prime1234” won’t do. Here are some tips on how:

  • Use a complex set of lowercase and uppercase numbers, letters, and symbols.
  • Don’t use personal information that others can find or guess, such as birthdates, your kids’ names, or your favourite colour.
  • Don’t use the same password—however strong—on multiple accounts. A data breach at one company could give criminals access to your other, shared-password accounts.
  • Follow our password guide here.

Stay vigilant: Unfortunately, identity theft and online shopping still go hand in hand. To stay safe from it, make sure to keep an eye on your online credit statements and, ensure that all purchases recorded are those that you made. If you are worried that your card has been used by someone else, make sure to contact your bank immediately!

While Prime Day is an opportunity to spend make sure to shop carefully and listen to the tips listed above. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out, we would love to discuss cybersecurity practices with you- we could probably do it all day.


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