Every year-end closing brings two unmissable events associated with those who are attentive to the offers: the Black friday and the Cyber monday. In the United States, this is an excellent opportunity to anticipate Christmas shopping. But if you do not want to suffer risks, we recommend that you follow these tips to make safe purchases in the Black Friday 2021.
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When is the Black Friday?
The Black Friday is the most hyped annual retail shopping event. Online stores and merchants plan promotions and sales, in order to be prepared with a significant offer to sell to eager customers looking for significant savings.
Although the term Black Friday was coined 150 years ago with gold investors, it was originally unrelated to November and was not tied to retail sales either. In the years that followed, he was associated with post-Thanksgiving “sick leave,” traffic, accounting principles, and finally, fabulous discounts.
In 2021, Black friday will take place on the weekend of Friday, November 27 and will be followed by the Cyber monday, The 30th of November.
Tips for a safe purchase
These two dates stand out for the large number of purchases made online, especially because the pandemic of the Coronavirus has forced many people to stay home longer than they would have expected. And that’s something that cybercriminals know, so they will be on the lookout for fraud, scams, and data theft.
Therefore, it is necessary to follow some recommendations to make safe purchases while taking advantage of the offers.
- Verify that the URL of the offer links leads to safe sites, and be aware that if something seems too good to be true, it is very likely fraud.
- Keep updated the software of your devices and install a program or app security that protects you from viruses, spam, phishing, malware, and so on.
- Avoid the use of public internet networks as much as possible, as they are the most vulnerable to attacks and data theft. So better buy from your home connection.
- Choose well where you are going to buy, do it from safe sites, and check the ratings and opinions of the store or seller.
- When paying, prefer methods with which you avoid giving your card details, such as the prepaid options offered by Amazon and other platforms of the type; PayPal, which has buyer protection policies; or the virtual cards that you can create from your app bank, with the maximum amount that you choose.
- Set up your bank card alerts so you know if there are any suspicious or unusual charges. If this is the case, contact your bank as soon as possible.
It does not hurt that you remember to be alert, be cautious and take the time to check that the sites are reliable and safe.