The holiday season is a prime time for hackers, scammers, and online thieves. Due to the pandemic, the holiday season may look and feel a bit different, but we all still need to be aware of the potential dangers online shopping can bring and the ways we can protect ourselves. While Kenyans will be online looking for the best gifts and promotion deals, hackers will be looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers by searching for weaknesses in their devices or internet connections or attempting to extract personal and financial information through fake websites or charities.

The best defense against these threats is awareness. There are a few simple steps we can take to be more secure before and after we shop.

Check your devices

Before making any online purchases, make sure the device you’re using to shop online is up-to-date. Next, take a look at your accounts and ask, do they each have strong passwords? And even better, if multifactor authentication is available, are you using it?

Multifactor authentication (or two-factor authentication), uses multiple pieces of information to verify your identity. Even if an attacker obtains your password, they may not be able to access your account if it’s protected by this multiple-step verification process.

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