With the COVID-19 pandemic still pushing online holiday shopping, cybersecurity experts again are cautioning shoppers to be extra cautious this season.
Harrisburg University eBusiness and Cybersecurity Professor, Dr. Terrill Frantz, recently joined FOX43 news to weigh in on the threat of cyber scammers during the holiday shopping season.
“Hackers are a learned bunch. They are very good at learning and finding holes in things so they will be more equipped this year than they were last,” Frantz said.
The upside? As hackers develop more sophisticated scams, companies create more stringent security to help safeguard shoppers, he added. Frantz warned against online deals that almost seem too good to be true, especially when advertisers add a sense of urgency to the pitch.
“If it’s Johnny’s store at the corner dot.com you want to be a little more careful about that,” said Frantz. “What they’re playing to is our human conditioning towards responding to good deals as quick as possible before the deal goes away,” said Frantz.
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