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COVID19 - Internet Usage up 50% causing spike in Internet usage

Online Shopping on VPN is safer

Contactless payments have come of age, the cashless society gets closer and closer with shops refusing to handle cash during COVID19 lockdown and many shops will go cashless from now on. Using your phone to shop online and in-person is the new norm. Banks wish that cash would disappear, it costs a fortune to provide customers with cash and threatens staff safety. Online payment is convenient, yet we the public do almost nothing to secure our device safety online.

Cybercrime was reported at record levels in 2019. Interpol and London's serious fraud squads continue to be staggered at how little attention people are paying to this modern-day menace, online crime. Banks, Shops, Airlines have expressly said they won't refund you for your mistakes, those days are over.  85% of the public don't bother backing up, installing any kind of online security or securing their devices with proper passwords 

People just don't care or think they can't do anything about it. Our thanks to Serious Crime Officer in London Chris White for his usual observations. 

online shopping in COVID 19 needs VPN

Every year in survey after survey, Americans claim to be more concerned about cyber attacks than their children being beaten up in school, but when asked what online protection they use, nearly 80% say they use nothing. Now with social distancing in place, shops worldwide refusing cash for fear of contagion, the cashless society has come of age, people may start taking this issue more seriously. But we doubt it. People should use anti-virus, home office, family protection software with VPN on phones and all devices. This is as important to their safety as closing your front door.

But the truth is that people take very little care of themselves or their money online, most people don't even use basic security for social media profiles, have no online protection on their devices either for themselves or children. Finally, most of us, don't use proper secure passwords either. Most Banks have introduced higher security levels for customers, this allows them to say that we did everything we could, yet you still managed to lose your money. It's about their security, not ours. Most banks now force customers to have an active phone and computer to access an account. 

Millions of us think that Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft look after online security automatically for us, they don't. The less the better for many of them. iPhone, Macbook users especially feel mistakenly that Apple is especially safe. When nobody used Apple (before 2006), that was the case, but not be design, just simply it wasn't worth the effort.

RUNNING YOUR SECURITY

Keep a clean machine. Before shopping and buying, be sure that all internet-connected devices ‒ including PCs, smartphones and tablets ‒ are free from malware and infections by running only the most current versions of software and apps.

WIFI and VPN

Use secure Wi-Fi. Using public Wi-Fi to shop online while at your favourite coffee shop is handy, but it is not safe at all. Don’t make purchases via public Wi-Fi; instead, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or your phone as a hotspot. Lock Down Your Login. Create long and unique passphrases for all accounts and use multifactor authentication (MFA) wherever possible. MFA will fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics or a unique one-time code sent to your phone or mobile device.

Apple, Google, Microsoft care. Really!
 

Apple, Google, Microsoft don't care about you, just your money, and how they can get their hands on it. 

TOP CYBER SHOPPING TIPS 

Tip No.1 Think before you click.

During this hectic and heavily-trafficked time COVID19 time or heavy shopping times, there is a marked increase in the number of ads encouraging users to click on links. If you receive an enticing offer, do not click on the link. Instead, go directly to the company’s website to verify the offer is legitimate.

Tip No.2 Do your Homework

Before making a purchase, read reviews to hear what others say about the merchant. Also, look for a physical location and any customer service information. It’s also a good idea to call the merchant to confirm that they are legitimate. Consider your payment options. Using a credit card is much better than using a debit card; there are more consumer protections for credit cards if something goes awry. Or, you can use a third-party payment service instead of your credit card. There are many services you can use to pay for purchases – like Google Pay, PayPal, Apple Pay without giving the merchant your credit card information directly.

Tip No.3 Watch what you give away.

Be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete your transaction. If the merchant is requesting more data than you feel comfortable sharing, cancel the transaction. You only need to fill out required fields at checkout and you should not save your payment information in your profile. If the account autosaves it after the purchase goes in and delete the stored payment details.

Tip No.4 Use VPN to win.
VPN finds perfime cheaper in France

Many Vendors have different prices for the same item internationally, use your VPN tools to change your location and check the prices internationally, airline fares, holidays, clothes are famous for this sort of price gauging. Luxury items are often cheaper in the home market than they are international. 

Check French perfume prices online in France for example, then price the same in US, Japan, UK. Not always true but it is usually cheaper in France. The perfume has to be French in the first place

 

Tip No.5 Check the Bank

Keep tabs on your bank and credit card statements. Be sure to continuously check your accounts for any unauthorised activity. Good record keeping goes hand-in-hand with managing your cybersecurity. Another tip for monitoring activity is to set up alerts so that if your credit card is used, you will receive an email or text message with the transaction details.

Tip No.6 Hold onto your card

Don't let Bars, Restaurants, Clubs hold onto your card when out. Swipe it, then hold onto to it until you need to pay. Putting your card behind the bar is so 1980s. 

Tip No.7 Don't overindulge online!

Young adults especially really enjoy shopping online and can be inclined to overspend, with many regarding it as an activity, not a convenience intended to save time. All the experts recommend shopping when feeling alert, energetic, fresh. Don't shop online when tired, emotional or drunk. Facebook and larger e-stores can tell when you are tired and might be more easily lured into a large discretionary purchase. If you have returned to the shop several times one evening, your reaction times are slowing down, which they can tell, they might force your hand with a big offer. That's a modern shopping and they put a lot of effort into this using big data.

Here are some of the option for online protection on this site

VPNs 
AVG Secure
Freedome VPN
 
Home Office & Family Protection
AVG Ultimate
Bitdefender
F Secure SAFE

 

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