February 3, 2023

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How to avoid Black Friday scams online

Black Friday attracts crowds, and crowds attract scammers, and that means you need to be extra careful when shopping online over the Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday weekend. There will be people out there who are out to take more money from you than you save for a TV or gaming console.

The following precautions apply at any time of the year, but they’re worth remembering any time a serious holiday season approaches. In the rush to sort through gifts, it’s all too easy to miss a warning sign or fret about online safety.

Update all your software

Keeping programs and operating systems up-to-date is important enough that Microsoft, Apple, Google, Mozilla, and all the other big names in tech are now making it hard for anyone to lag behind with their updates — most of the time, you’re prompted to check out new ones on a regular basis Install versions of your software, and it can even happen automatically in the background without you noticing.

Today’s browsers, apps, and operating systems are adept at spotting scams when they happen, whether it’s phishing emails (intended to lure you to a fake shopping or banking website) or unauthorized logins to your accounts acts. To get the most out of this built-in security, make sure you’re running the latest versions everywhere, ie the latest security patches – if you’ve been putting off updates on your phone or your computer, then get them done in advance of Black Friday.

If you have a laptop that’s too old to run the latest versions of Windows or macOS, try not to use it—it’s safer to shop on your phone as long as it’s running the latest Android or iOS updates. On Android, you can check for updates through System and System update in Settings; On iOS, it’s Settings and then General and Software Update.

Be wary of email and social media offers

You’re likely to be inundated with special offers via email and social media this Black Friday, but be careful when clicking through offers that come from suspicious sources (for example, stores you’ve never shopped at) . Always check that the link you clicked took you to the website you were expecting.

There’s no hard and fast way to guarantee you’ll never get caught by a shady link (other than ignoring them all entirely), but you can minimize the risk: check the social media account or the email address sending the link is genuine , go to that website in a separate browser window to see if you can find the same advertised offer and make sure the offer shown is a the advertised offer trades.

As mentioned above, if your browser is up to date, dangerous links should be blocked before you reach them, but we still recommend being cautious. You’ll see some great deals promoted through social media and email, but no discount is worth the risk of exposing yourself to scammers.