Late fall is the most lucrative time for retailers and online stores. But companies are not the only ones eyeing our wallets, fraudsters and other cybercriminals too.
With the huge popularity of online shopping, it becomes essential to protect your data and your personal information against them.
As every year at the dawn of the holiday season, Google offers its recommendations to identify legitimate merchants, protect your personal and payment information and avoid scams and phishing attempts.
Of course, Google suggests its own services and devices in its recommendations, but the main thing here is to protect yourself.
Protect your credit cards
Even if the Credit companies – like Mastercard or Visa – protect your transactions well against fraud, so be careful.
The Googles and Apples of this world have developed payment systems using device-specific tokens and associated with a dynamic security code – which changes with each transaction. If a fraudster were to seize a one-time code, he could not use it.
So, by making your payment using your phone Android or your WearOS device, your purchases are protected. And if it's stolen or lost, just use the “Find my device” feature to instantly lock your device from anywhere, secure it with a new password or even erase your personal information.
Look for the “S” in HTTPS
For some years, websites have been using the HTTPS protocol instead of HTTP, which indicates that your browser or web application is securely connected to the website in question.
With Safe Browsing, Google simplifies the verification of more than 5 billion devices by warning Internet users against dangerous sites and files.
End-of-year celebrations, Valentine's Day, hackers use their imagination on special occasions to introduce malicious files or links into our mailboxes. Gmail users benefit from advanced protection as the system blocks more than 100 million phishing attempts per day and prevents 99.9% of spam, malware and dangerous links from reaching your inbox. When it detects a suspicious email, it flags it for you, and if you're using Google Chrome or Google Drive, before opening a suspicious attachment, Google will automatically scan the documents for viruses and make sure you don't. are not the target of a phishing campaign.
Gone are the days when we only had a few words outmoded. Personally, I need five pages!
Google offers verification of the security of your settings and your passwords.
The Google Password Manager tool manages your passwords passwords, autofills them for sites, creates strong passwords, ensures they are not entered on malicious sites, and alerts you when they are compromised.
Second tool, 2SV provides two-factor authentication (2FA) using another device you own. If an intruder had your username and password for your bank account, for example, he could not access the site without being in possession of this second form of verification.