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Top 5 Risks of Online Shopping and How You Can Avoid Them

October 20, 2014
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We here at Quick Heal love spreading the word about online safety and everything that one can do in order to strengthen their online presence without compromising on security. We recently hosted a successful webinar in line with our knowledge sharing activities, and we were overwhelmed with the response and support we received. However, for those of you who were unable to make it for the webinar, this blog post will outline what we spoke about and how you can implement that information in your day to day activities.

Webinar Topic: Top 5 risks of online shopping and how you can avoid them

Hosted By: Swanand Shinde, Education Director – Cyber Security, Quick Heal Technologies

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It’s an Online World After All

When it comes to online shopping, there are several benefits that one can immediately take away. It is quick, easy, flexible, and cost efficient. One can find better deals on online stores and compare goods in a way unknown to physical retail stores. As a result, B2C e-commerce sales all over the world exceed $1,250 billion – more than the national income of several small countries.

However, with such large volumes comes the very real threat of cybercrime. Naturally, cyber criminals do not want to miss out on this extravaganza. As a result, online shopping portals and shoppers are their fateful targets. This is especially true during the festive season as there are several online sales and discounts flooding the marketplace. As customers rush to grab the best deals, cyber criminals wait in the background to trap them.

What all online shoppers should beware of

For shoppers, here are the common risks that they need to be wary about. Knowledge about these common attack vectors will help people avoid potential crimes against them and also enable them to educate their friends and family members as well.

The risk of ‘Phishing Scams’

These are the most common kind of threats to be careful about. It is very simple to make a fake page that resembles a genuine shopping site or page, and then get a buyer to enter his details there. Once the user has been tricked into sharing his personal details or bank details, he becomes a victim of an online scam or malware campaign.

The risk of ‘Online Theft’

When a user visits a site and makes an online purchase, his details entered are up for grabs. This is the prize that online attackers look for and makes their efforts worthwhile. These details can be acquired by an attacker either by phishing the user, or by hacking the server of a genuine site and stealing details. Once a cybercriminal has in-depth information such as Name, DOB, Contact details, Address and more, he can cause a huge financial dent in the victims account.

The risk of ‘Specialized Malware’

The most common cases of data loss or theft stem from exposure to malware. Malicious software enters a machine through email attachments, downloads, infected websites, infected devices and more. Once inside, they can spy on a user’s activities, redirect him to malicious portals, track keyboard inputs and perform other highly dangerous activities. Malware authors deliberately target such malware during times of high traffic, so as to get maximum exposure and hits.

The risk of ‘Fake Stores’

Fake stores and deals are the bane of all online shoppers. How many times have you seen an ad for a really sweet deal and clicked on it only to be directed to a fake and shady looking website that has absolutely no sign of the deal you clicked on? Such sites often become malware distribution centers and also offer inferior or fake goods. Mobile shoppers in particular, need to be wary of fake websites or pages that make high promises.

The risk of ‘Fake Apps’

With a large population of smartphone owners, app developers are having a field day at the moment. However, online shoppers need to look out for fake online shopping apps that make lofty promises of several great deals. Once an app has been installed, it has access to several system files and data and can also ask the user to save his card details for future purchases, and then transmit all of this information to a remote server. Smartphone owners need to be even more cautious since their devices are highly vulnerable through multiple channels.

While these online shopping risks can disrupt many people’s lives, there are many solutions that can be adopted as well. These range from effective antivirus solutions to propagating knowledge sharing platforms. Stay tuned for the next post in our series about safety tips for online shoppers for more information on this subject.

We have another upcoming webinar on 29th October, and the topic for discussion there is “How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online”. All who are interested in attending this webinar, can visit our social media platforms for the registration portal for this webinar. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Rahul Thadani
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  1. prasenjit konwarOctober 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    ThanX for all ur secuirity tips

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  2. Waman Raghunath KarmarkarOctober 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Thanks

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  3. SHUBHAM JAINOctober 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    THIS PAGE IS VERY USEFUL FOR ONLINE SHOPPERS

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  4. GANESH CHANDRA PRADHANOctober 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Please fix the pc problem

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  5. Mrutyunjay BhideOctober 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Dear sir,
    your are the best to decided genuinity of any site. You can also flash the alert whenever visitor is visiting fake site. Also you can also certify mobile apps. Why don’t you start this service to the buyers of quick heal protection.

    regards

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    • Hi Mrutyunjay Bhide,

      Thank you for your suggestion. Whenever our user visit a fake, phishing, or a malicious site, Quick Heal automatically blocks the site and flashes a warning message.

      Regards,

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  6. Good piece of advice. You could make this even more effective by publishing the list of currently widespread phishing scams, malwares, key loggers, fake apps and other such defrauding and damaging tools floating in internet space from time to time…

    Thanks

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  7. thanks for acknowledge us.and please continued….

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  8. Gaddam SrinivasOctober 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Ofcourse there is information on dangerous malicious software and what it does. But where are the guidelines for safe shopping??? How to overcome this problem? How to find out which one is fake website??

    Try giving the full information guys !!!

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  9. Very very good information

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  10. Mahabir NahakOctober 20, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Thanks for notice about our securites

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  11. nice man..keep them coming…i read all your awareness articles…thanks!!

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  12. PARMESHWER SHARMAOctober 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    VERY GOODS

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  13. Thanks to Quick Heal

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  14. M.N.APPARAOOctober 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    thanks

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  15. 1.I would suggest all internet users to install an anti malware like Quick Heal to check malware and virus attack.
    2.Instead of 3D verifucation which is carried for onetime regusteration for all purchases on that site preferably use OTP which is generated afresh for every transaction.
    3.Use Credit Card with a limited purchase value.Do NOT use DEBIT card linked with your main account.
    4.Ask for bank statement every month and compare it regularly.

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  16. Nandkishor PawarOctober 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Thanks for Advice.

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  17. Thank you for the useful information .

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  18. Saksham AgarwalOctober 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Thanks for that information, and I wish you keep us informed about such threats.

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  19. How can i know that the web page is fake or real ?

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  20. Roshan Kumar JaiswalOctober 20, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    thanks for such a important information

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  21. Mohinder NagpalOctober 21, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    The page is useful but it has been concluded abruptly. It would have been better if it would have concluded with five points in bold letters.

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  22. AJAY KUMAR GAUTAMOctober 21, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Thanks….

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  23. Javed HashmiOctober 21, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Thanks for this useful information, it will definitely help to online shoppers.

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  24. Thanks for ur useful advice

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  25. Prabir BibarOctober 21, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    Thanks to QH for giving this type of valuable advice time to time.

    Reply
  26. SANJAY K LALOctober 21, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    very very useful info. but remedial action is also required in brief.

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  27. Dear Sir

    I am using QH antivirus pro from last 4 years. It protects my PC superbly but whenever a malware enters the PC, it does not protect it in real time i.e. it does not stop it from entering the PC, rather i have to run a scan and then it detects and removes the same.

    Is it not possible to protect malware infection in real time or is it possible with any other product of quick heal?

    Is doing online shopping using mozilla firefox more secure than using chrome?

    Thanks and Regards

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    • Hi Aashu,

      Quick Heal works on real-time virus detection technology, and that is why it keeps taking regular security updates. Could you kindly tell us as to how do you come to know when a malware enters your PC, so that we can provide you with an appropriate solution?

      Both Mozilla and Chrome are secure browsers. However, it also depends on the site you are shopping from. This blog post has described all the important measures you should take.

      Regards,

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      • Dear sir

        This is in continuation of previous discussion

        Last time when i visited the e-banking homepage of a bank and logged in using chrome, everything was going fine but as i was about to do a transaction, google chrome stopped unexpectedly and it closed. when i tried to reopen google chrome, it didn’t. then i ran the anti-malware scan and a malware was detected which was removed by QH.Then again i tried to open it but it didn’t,so i did traansaction using firefox. Then i ran the QH antivirus scan. After some time when scan was just 10% complete, i tried to reopen. now it was working fine.

        This problem has even occured few times while i am about to make payment on a shopping portal.

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  28. pradip kumar mukherjeeOctober 21, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    very very useful for on line users

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  29. Alok MukhertjeeOctober 21, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Thanks for this Consumer educative information

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  30. Kishor KulkarniOctober 21, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Very useful tips giving how one can get trapped while online shopping. All need to read these tips and follow. Thanks for alarming us…

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  31. Hiralal YadavOctober 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Thanks for this very useful information on fastive session.

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  32. Swadhin dashOctober 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I booked a flip cover of rediff shopping on 8th Oct 2014 but stil even there,s no conformation of the product ammt has already paid by debit card order no10524948 & awb no is 19811142864.

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  33. JYOTIRMOY PALOctober 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    THANK YOU FOR THE ALARM CALL .INFORMATION NEEDED T6O COMBAT THE RISK FACTORS.

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  34. Animesh BaruaOctober 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Thanks a lot.

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  35. Very good explanation. It will be helpful, if you could give us some samples or examples of online fraud, that is happening right now….Anyway thanks for the informations…

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  36. Sarjerao YadavOctober 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Really, Quickheal dong excellent job. Yours is not only Money oriented business policy but you work for the People with honesty by giving Alarm for odd things.
    Many thanks to all Quickheal Team.
    Happy Dipawali to all.

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  37. quick heal is doing great work by publishing these articles

    Reply
  38. महवीर साहुOctober 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Thinkxxxx

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  39. Thats good information but how quickheal block phinsing websites can u eleborate me is this feature support on android device free version app plz mail me and give me an explaination plz on my above email plz

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  40. DEBABRATA BARALOctober 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    THANX FOR YOUR VALUABLE INFORMATION.

    Reply
  41. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FOR YOUR USEFUL TIPS

    Reply
  42. Gokarna Bahadur ArghaliOctober 29, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Really, Quickheal dong excellent job. Yours is not only Money oriented business policy but you work for the People with honesty by giving Alarm for odd things.
    Many thanks to all Quickheal Team.
    Happy Dipawali to all.

    Reply
  43. Thanks for valuable information.

    Reply