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Ahead of the big shopping weekend, 17% of those surveyed admitted that they would consider pulling a sickie during Black Friday and Cyber Monday; 32% stated they were already putting items in their basket in anticipation; while a dedicated 18% admitted they would shop on their mobile phone while on the toilet to secure the best deals.
Over half of UK online shoppers use a mobile device to shop for deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but more than one in five (21%) will shop on unsecure smartphones (with no security software installed). And nearly 1 in 5 (19%) intend to shop on their commute or during their lunch break using free public wifi (17%), all of which puts them at greater risk from cybercriminals who are also looking to cash in.
With Black Friday a growing phenomenon in the UK, and now the busiest retail period of the year, it’s no surprise that last year GCHQ predicted consumer loses of around £30 million due to online fraud.
F-Secure, Europe’s largest cyber security company, has found that the biggest security pitfalls people fall into during online shopping peaks are:
He continued: “Hackers prey on our vulnerabilities around this time of year so we’re urging consumers to be extra vigilant and to use software protection online to keep themselves safe.”
Additional international research by F-Secure, a company which has three decades of experience stopping advanced cyber attacks, shows that Brits are one and a half times more likely to be affected by financial fraud than people in other countries. Just over a quarter (26%) of people reported that they or someone in their family have been affected by credit card fraud, compared to an average 17% in other countries. Additionally, almost twice as many Brits (9%) reported unauthorised access to their online bank, in comparison to an average of 5% in other countries.
To help keep consumers safe when shopping online this Black Friday, F-secure have shared their top five tips:
More information on how to stay safe online this black Friday can be found here.
Consumers can find out more about F-secures online safety tools here.
Methodology:Consumer research was carried out by Vital Research and Statistics, on behalf of F-secure, and surveyed a sample comprised of 2,005 UK adults. Research was carried out online between 1st November 2019 and 4th November 2019. F-secure identity protection survey was conducted in May 2019 in cooperation with Toluna, and surveyed a sample comprised of 3,600 people aged 25+ and nationally representative, across the USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Brazil, Finland, Sweden, and Japan.
Nobody has better visibility into real-life cyber attacks than F-Secure. We’re closing the gap between detection and response, utilizing the unmatched threat intelligence of hundreds of our industry’s best technical consultants, millions of devices running our award-winning software, and ceaseless innovations in artificial intelligence. Top banks, airlines, and enterprises trust our commitment to beating the world’s most potent threats. Together with our network of the top channel partners and over 200 service providers, we’re on a mission to make sure everyone has the enterprise-grade cyber security we all need.
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