Cyber Monday Security Checklist
- Stay on well known websites- Sites such as Amazon, can still be the target of malware attacks, though such large sites do have more safeguards in place to help minimize that risk. You are not 100% safe on even legitimate sites, but you have a better chance of being protected than going to unknown sites.
- Do not click on random popups- The popups may direct you to sites either infected with malware or purpose built to serve malware. Don't click on any popups!
- If it's too good to be true, it probably is fake- Avoid deals which have several steps and navigate across many websites as this will increase your chances of being infected by malware.
- Don't open unknown promotions in your inbox- Your email account may be the target of malware as well, with promotions asking you to open or click on a link to take you to savings. Avoid clicking on such links, as they may direct you to a malevolent site with the sole intention of stealing your information
- Additional valuable suggestions can be found in Krebs Security's Tools for a Safer PC article.
The above should help you minimize your risk on Cyber Monday and everyday on the Internet. Bear in mind though that these options are not foolproof. New technology, such as AirGap by Spikes, is the only true way to tackle the malware epidemic, but being educated on the subject will certainly help you minimize your chances of being infected this holiday season.