Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become prime targets for cyber criminals to create scams to lure unsuspecting victims. Drastically long are not the only problems consumers may face on November 25th and 28th.

Every day billions of people are connecting to the internet using online services to receive the latest news, shops for the best deals, chat with friends, stream music and access financial information. As a result of this, people and businesses are quickly becoming a target to criminals and hackers.

Public reports describe over 500 data breaches and more than 1.2 billion records were stolen this year alone. According to a new report from Kaspersky Lab, Black Friday and Cyber Monday falls within the prime cyber-crime season. Over the past few years, the number of online attacks during this high sales season has been 90 percent higher than the average number of attacks that happen during the other months of the year. The same jump is expected during the 2016 pre-holiday period.

Joseph Carson, a cybersecurity professional and head of Global Strategic at Thycotic, offers practices for Cybersecurity on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  1. Limit Personal Identifiable Information
  2. Increase Security Settings
  3. Use Strong Passwords
  4. Look out for HTTPs
  5. Use Multiple Digital Identifies
  6. Limit Public Wi-Fi
  7. Validate Hyperlinks
  8. Use Credit Card or Secure Payments

These 8 simple ways are mechanisms that all consumers can potentially benefits from during the holiday season to reduce the risk for cyber criminals to steal important information.