Black Friday: Safe, secure shopping

Black Friday has retailers slashing prices and getting shoppers in knots over which are the best deals. Unfortunately, on this chaotic and exciting day, criminals also look for opportunities. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have embraced the American phenomenon - Black Friday.

The day of bargain shopping is now prime time for cybercriminals to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. 

Brian Pinnock, a cyber-security specialist from Mimecast recommends that shoppers begin their bargain hunting a few days before the main event.

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Simple tasks such as using a debit card instead of a credit card and using safe networks, instead of networks open to the public can make the world of a difference when trying to have a safe online shopping experience.

"They use our own psychology against us," says Pinnock.

"Ultimately they play on your greed or they play on your fear."

Cybercriminals use the trust built between brands and their consumers to create schemes to confuse consumers.