Online shopping is becoming increasingly prevalent, with research from Sainsbury's Bank Credit Cards showing that 36% of respondents are doing more online shopping this year. However, this means that the possibility of cyber security issues are rising just as much, and with 28% of respondents planning to take advantage of online Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, it reinforces the need for consumers to be extra vigilant when shopping online.
The need for caution is further highlighted by the finding that 10% of respondents believe they've been the victim of one or more online fraud experiences, which just shows that you really need to be careful when sharing any personal information or using debit and credit cards online. Common issues include shoppers making an online order that never arrived, having their card details stolen while shopping online, or using a website that turned out to be fake, and although you may think you wouldn't be a victim of such scams, they can be surprisingly common.
Simon Ranson, head of Banking at Sainsbury's Bank, commented: "If you're planning to do any shopping online – no matter what time of year – make sure you keep your personal information and credit or debit card details safe. There are a number of simple things you can do, like only using secure websites and buying from reputable retailers, and avoid using public unsecured WIFI to make any purchases."
Sainsbury's has come up with some additional tips on staying safe when making online purchases, and while they should be remembered at all times, it's particularly important if you're planning on taking part in the Black Friday sales frenzy – you wouldn't want to get carried away only to regret it later. You should:
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