IS ONLINE SHOPPING SAFE?
The confinement produced months ago by the COVID-19
pandemic has triggered the online sales of many products.
Those who already had the habit of buying online have
increased their purchases, and consumers who had never
done it have decided for the first time to do so, and will
continue to do it. It is in these moments of boom in
transactions when online stores become the target of
cybercriminals, in which more and more varied security
breaches occur, such as theft of credit card data or fraudulent
access to accounts (after the theft of login and password data)
which can be stopped with using an antivirus and few steps
The high number of e-commerce transactions that are
recorded leads to an increase in scams through social
networks, DDos attacks and ransomware. For this reason,
many IT departments of online stores are considering
increasing security measures in terms of monitoring and
visibility of the network. Threats related to network security
breaches are also a matter of concern for professionals, as
they can be exploited to cause systems to crash, steal
customer data or cause further damage.
Among the circumstances that favor these threats are the
vulnerabilities presented by devices that are not properly
patched and the errors of the user, who does not take
sufficient precautions when connecting to a network or
authenticating. Vulnerabilities in the supply chain or
unprotected IoT devices are also points that weaken the
security position of an organization.
But knowing the vulnerabilities is not enough. They consider
actions such as a robust patch management protocol and
training employees and customers for the safe use of e-
commerce platforms as urgent measures and consumers
should be using all the precautions while doing transactions
such as using antivirus that will protect their information and
save them from cybercrime.
But the IT department is only part of the equation. The
consumer also has a very impo