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article imageAmazon Prime Day requires a tight focus on cybersecurity Special

By Tim Sandle     Oct 13, 2020 in Technology
Amazon Prime Day is here. While many will seek to spend online, it is also important that consumers need to remain cautious and continue to be focused on cybersecurity. This includes strengthening your password.
Across e-commerce there has been a considerable increase in cybersecurity threats (cyberattacks increased by 30 percent between July and August 2020). This means that consumers need to be very cautious when shopping, especially during Prime Day. The event is an annual 48-hour retail event where Amazon Prime members can get deals on laptops, TVs, smartphones, wearables, and more. Globally, there are over 150 million Prime members and in 2019, Amazon had sold more than 175 million items.
There are, however, cybersecurity concerns in relation to prime day. For example, there has been a reported surge in fake Amazon sites ahead of Prime Day may put millions of shoppers’ data at risk. Mat Newfield, Chief Information Security Officer at Unisys, points out some other risks for Prime Day.
Newfield begins with a simple statement, and if consumers only do one thing, it is this: “Your best defense is a complicated password.”
Newfield expands on this: “As more people move to online shopping, especially with large events such as Amazon Prime Day(s), we expect to see an increase in online fraud attempts. It is very important that consumers around the world focus on ensuring they are utilizing unique, complex passwords and to keep your guard up – it’s important not to share personal information with anyone calling or claiming to be from Amazon or any business or retailer.”
The cybersecurity expert has further good advice for digital shoppers: “Always hover over any links before clicking. Scammers like to send malicious links under the guise of asking you to verify your order or shipping address, but that link could give hackers access to your computer or personal information.”
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