Secure Online Shopping

In an ever-growing world of eCommerce, there is an ever-growing threat of malicious people looking to stealing your information, and using your financial data for their means. Today I will be discussing about the many methods of keeping your data safe against these malicious people.

  1. Avoid Emails: Although emails are a way for businesses to promote deals, and exclusive merchandise, phishers will use target your inbox, attempting to pose as a business. Therefore its best to avoid looking in your inbox, this will prevent one vector of having of having your financial information stolen.

  2. Don't answer unknown calls: Companies normally don't call you, so you can be certain its a phishing attempt. Avoid calls and SMS text from unknown numbers at all costs.

  3. Use websites with good encryption: A website that has a good content security policy is always recommended. HTTPS-Strict-Transport-Security, ensures that your browser connects through HTTPS only by default.

  4. Install HTTPS Everywhere: HTTPS Everywhere is an extension for Chromium and Firefox. The extension forces encrypted connections with websites that are known to support it. I recommend using the default settings.

  5. Use an Ad-Blocker: Ads can pose a problem by tracking your visits and some are malicious, by installing malware without having to interact with the advertisement at all. I recommend Ublock Origin, which is light on resources and is very effective.

  6. Avoid phishing sites: Some sites attempt to look like a legitimate version of a website, look at the URL address, check to see if their is anything different compared to the real address. Also, don't click on advertised search results, these results are a prime vector for abuse.

  7. Use Private Browsing Mode/Incognito Mode: When using private browsing mode, your cookies, history, and session won't be saved, this is an effective way at preventing access to your account, since your login sessions won't be saved.

  8. Look over your shoulder frequently: Shoulder surfing is when a person looks over your shoulder to get information, counter this by looking over your shoulder at a frequent rate.

That's all for now, use these practices, and you will have a much safer shopping experience, thanks for reading!