There are many risks that come with online shopping that should be considered, especially since you are putting sensitive information online. Certain steps should be taken to prevent possible loss of such sensitive data. To better understand the risks, it helps to know how attackers target online shoppers. The three common ways that attackers can take advantage of online shoppers:
Targeting vulnerable computers-Proper steps should be taken to protect your computer from viruses or other malicious code because an attacker can gain access to your computer as well as sensitive information in it. Vendors should also take steps to protect their computers and prevent attackers from accessing their customer databases.
Creating fraudulent sites and email messages- Unlike traditional shopping, where you know that a store is actually the store it claims to be, attackers are able to make malicious websites that look legitimate or sent emails that appear to be from a legitimate site. Organizations such as charities may also be misrepresented in this way, especially after natural disasters or during holiday seasons an attacker will send an email asking for donations. Attackers create these malicious sites and email messages to try to convince you to supply personal and financial information to them.
Intercepting insecure transactions- To prevent the interception a transaction, vendors should use encryption to prevent attackers may be able to from intercepting the transaction and stealing the information that it is being transmitted.