The pandemic of COVID-19 has transformed our world in countless ways. According to its researchers ESET, one of the major changes that has caused and that deserves special attention seems to be the increase in the markets that are made online, as the possibility of consumers to visit the physical spaces of the stores remains limited.
According to her data IBM, the pandemic crisis has accelerated the transition from physical stores to digital markets by about five years, with e-commerce projected to grow by almost 20% by 2020.
Although this trend is positive in some respects, it has raised concerns about the security of consumer data and online transactions. Either way, increased internet traffic gives scammers more opportunities to emulate trademarks and defraud users, who then unsuspectingly reveal their personal information or open malicious attachments. e-mail unknowingly downloading malware to their computers. In fact, when banking transactions and payments are involved, then it becomes even more dangerous.
That is why cyber fraud is one of the two central themes of the European Cyber Security Month for 2020. European Cyber Security Month (European Cyber Security Month - ECSM) is a campaign dedicated to promoting the cyber security of citizens and organizations across Europe, organized every October by the European Cybersecurity Agency (ENISA) and the European Commission.
ECSM aims to inform the public about current and most common and potential cyber threats and to highlight the simple steps that can be taken to protect personal, financial and professional data. The actions are carried out across Europe and include workshops, training conferences, webinars, presentations, and more.
The actions concerning the unit "Online scams" will focus on phishing, business e-mail scams and online scams. The aim is to raise the awareness of businesses and consumers about the risks involved when trading online and how these risks can be minimized.
According to the researchers of the international cybersecurity company ESET, there are a number of simple steps that users can take to enhance their protection when shopping online.
«The first step is to make sure the origin of the emailss you receive, no matter how formal or secure one looks e-mailThey advise.
"Avoid clicking on links and attachments in any suspicious message and go directly to website of the company that supposedly sent you the email to see its credentials. "
"Are also extremely important to activate - where possible - two-factor authentication (2FA). This will add a significant shield to them online your accounts. This ensures that, even if fraudsters manage to steal your password, they will not be able to easily access your accounts without stealing your 2FA password.
You can visit her web page of European Cyber Security Month where you will find useful information on how to protect yourself against cyber fraud, as well as actions to be taken across Europe as part of a cyber security awareness campaign.