Consumers, hackers approach Cyber Monday from all angles
With American consumers keen to cash in on Cyber Monday's hottest deals, online security threats are sure to follow them at work, at home and on-the-go.
Unfortunately for online shoppers, coupon combinations and early-bird specials are not they only thing they should be worrying about this holiday season. The last two months of the year are primetime for cybercriminals looking to exploit the weaknesses of unsuspecting consumers authorizing transactions from a variety of digital platforms.
According to US News & World Report, online shoppers should take extra care to ensure they only access secure sites - whether it's from their PC or mobile device. Customers can also avoid common identity theft risks by utilizing a password manager tool and establishing a strict practice of never divulging their Social Security numbers online.
While consumer protection is a top priority on Cyber Monday, businesses of all kinds should also be on alert as well.
According to a recent Career Builder report, approximately half of American workers will shop online while at work this holiday season, potentially attracting harmful malware toward corporate networks with careless web habits.