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Check everything when you shop online!
I am more likely to shop online now.
The websites assure me that the connection is secure, the payment pages are encrypted,
and the data is transmitted via a secure protocol. Can they be trusted?
Indeed, a while ago we recommended that users look for a padlock icon whenever they open a website. The icon indicated that a protected mode was being used to exchange data between the website and you. But thanks to the hysteria surrounding personal data and its protection, now virtually everyone uses secure connections. And so do scammers!
But how do users actually benefit from using a secure connection? Essentially a secure connection merely guarantees that a file will reach its destination unaltered (e.g., no ads will be embedded into it while it’s en route). This will also help avoid man-in-the-middle attacks.
But it is worth mentioning that a secure channel won't help if attackers have succeeded in compromising the website itself.
In 9 cases out of 10, attackers can exploit loopholes in web applications to attack site visitors. As many as 16% of apps have loopholes that enable attackers to gain full control over target systems, and another 8% can be used to penetrate corporate networks.
Forged certificates present another security risk. These can sometimes be used to intercept and modify traffic.
- Use an anti-virus. No matter how hard attackers try to smuggle malicious code onto PCs and smartphones, an anti-virus will thwart their attempts to find their way onto your device.
- Take advantage of Parental Control to block access to bogus sites.
- Do not disable the anti-spam—it provides protection from phishing attacks.