It's that time of year when everyone likes to bag themselves a bargain during the infamous Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other Festive sales! But have you thought about the dangers that might come with it and how you can keep safe and secure? Lucky for you we have compiled a handy set of tips below to help you out!
#1 Trust yourself and what you know
- Stick to the stores and sellers you know and are familiar with! If you come across a trader you haven’t used or heard of before, search for reviews online or check out their customer ratings.
- Regularly check your bank and credit card statements. If you see any unusual payments, alert your bank as soon as possible.
- If it seems too good to be true, trust your instinct and avoid it!
#2 Be smart with your payments
- Always use a secure form of payment to pay for goods or services, for example PayPal. Never simply transfer money
- Don’t enter your card details into a website unless it is secure. Look out for the padlock sign and ‘https’ in the web address
- For purchases over £100, consider using a credit card for the purchase to give you extra consumer protection
#3 Take action
- Tighten up security before you shop online - make sure all software on your computer is up-to-date and if you don’t already have it, install an anti-malware program.
- If you enter your personal details into what you suspect to be a dodgy website, change your online passwords and any other security information straight away.
- If you click or interact with a dodgy link sent to your University email, contact IT services straight away. Email servicedesk.it@Coventry.ac.uk or call 024 7765 7777 - they're open 24/7.
Author: Vânia Sampaio
Edited by: Vanessa Enebi