SMBs Concerned About Employees, Holiday Shopping, and Data Security

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Employee Holiday Shopping Data Security

It’s almost the end of November, and chances are that a considerable number of people are in a Christmas shopping frenzy as they’re taking advantage of Black Friday sales and deals across a plethora of various online retail sites. But while you’re looking for that “perfect deal”, you could be putting yourself and even your own job in danger. Small- to Medium-Businesses have expressed worries about their employees shopping online. While shopping itself isn’t the harmful part, it’s where and with what device the employees shop that’s proving troublesome.

What Could Be So Dangerous About Online Shopping?

What starts innocently enough as shopping for loved ones can easily become a playground for those who prey on others for their private information such as credit card numbers and account passwords. When a person goes online to shop, especially when using their smartphone, going to the wrong place can result in putting their personal information and any data stored on the phone at risk. With almost everyone using their phones for both work and pleasure, these devices have become hotspots for hackers and data thieves to search for data that could be used to enrich themselves—and damage the victims in the process. There are a couple ways that this can be done:

  • Data thieves may create a look-alike website, giving you the impression that you’re logging into your favorite store.
  • A malware programmer may create a phone app that looks similar to your favorite retailer.

How Do These Methods Steal Your Information?

When a look-alike website has been made, generally it will ask you to log in with your login details and credit card information, much like how shopping at the real retail site would operate. This information theft is also known as Phishing. The same can happen if you unknowingly download an illegitimate retailer app. When you log into the app and purchase items, you’ll give away your information to the thief as well as open your smartphone to a potential virus. With a virus, a hacker can then rob your phone of all the information it may contain. That includes the data you might have for your company, leaving your employer vulnerable to attack as well.

According to one study, it’s predicted that about 80% of online retailers out there are illegitimate look-alikes and phishing traps for the unaware to stumble upon. Once a hacker or a data thief has your employer’s information, things can spiral out of control from phishing emails being sent to your boss and coworkers to your business servers being directly hacked because of exploited passwords. All it takes is a bad app download or a login at the wrong site.

How to Avoid Phishing Traps and Bad Sites

The best way to avoid these phishing traps is to double-check the URL of the sites before you click a link. Also check to make sure the site you visit has an “s” at the end of “http,” this is a sure sign that the site has been secured. You should also check the descriptions of the apps you download to make sure that they are legitimately made. Using the right app stores can help like Google Play, Galaxy Apps, Apple’s the App Store, and Amazon. Stay away from unfamiliar app stores.

Protect Your Data and Your Information Privacy

When it comes to protecting your data and privacy, you’re not alone. Here at Secure Data Recovery, we’re more than just experts are retrieving data—we’re also experts at digital privacy and protection. In the wake of malware or a data breach, SecureForensics can help you find the digital evidence needed to track the problem sources and create court-admissible evidence of a cybercrime. To better protect your data, our SecureDrives offer hardware encrypted security, giving you peace of mind that should your data cannot be compromised or access by unauthorized parties. For more information, call us at 1-800-388-1266.