Holiday shopping by mobile phone? Beware fake apps and bad Wi-Fi hotspots
Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shoppers using smartphones should beware of fake commerce apps and fake Wi-Fi hot spots inside malls, two security firms have warned.
Hackers use these fakes to grab account numbers and sensitive personal information.
“Cyber criminals are increasing our risk of using mobile devices while shopping, whether it is Black Friday or Cyber Monday,” warned Brian Duckering, mobility strategist for Skycure, an enterprise security firm, in a blog. “Going to physical stores and connecting to risky Wi-Fi networks, or shopping online both pose increasing risks we should all be aware of.”