Cyber(Hygiene) Monday: November 23, 2020

Protect yourself from online attacks that threaten your identity, your files, your system, and your financial well-being.

Phishing campaign imitating Amazon

Phishing campaign imitating Chase Bank

San Jose, Calif., Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

  • Risk of cyber scams for US online shoppers in Q4 estimated to be 2x higher than previous year
  • Losses from online payment fraud will more than double by 2023, reaching $48 billion/annually
  • 75% of Americans plan to shop online more than they did last year
  • Avira has already spotted numerous phishing scams imitating Amazon, Chase Bank, DHL, and more
  • Observing Cyber(Hygiene) Monday can help shoppers avoid getting their money or identity stolen 

The way we shop has fundamentally changed since the onset of COVID, and, this year, 75% of Americans say they plan to shop online more than they did in 2019. With Americans turning to the internet for their shopping needs, cyber attackers are also filling their virtual carts; in Q3 2020, Avira researchers saw more e-commerce phishing scams than ever before, with attackers imitating well-known retailers, couriers, and banks in order to gain access to financial and other personal information. To help protect Americans from online theft, Avira encourages consumers to observe Cyber(Hygiene) Monday, November 23, 2020, and asks online shoppers to review a simple 7-point online safety check before the holiday shopping season officially begins.

This Cyber(Hygiene) Monday, online shoppers can follow 7 simple tips to educate themselves and prepare for a safe virtual shopping season.

  1. Update your device and software. Outdated software often has security loopholes known to hackers. By simply updating to the latest OS version available for your device, software or browser, these flaws are immediately fixed – it’s like fixing a broken door on your device.
  2. Bookmark the authentic sites you want to visit. If you wake up on Black Friday and start shopping for a new iPhone when an 80% discount pops up, it’s probably too good to be true. Instead of clicking on popups, always visit the retail websites…