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Diwali shopping online: Top 3 Google safety tips to keep you safe

While doing your Diwali shopping online, follow these Google safety tips and you will ensure that your money stays safe from cybercriminals,

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 21:33 IST
Diwali shopping online safety tips.
Diwali shopping online safety tips. (REUTERS)
Diwali shopping online safety tips.
Diwali shopping online safety tips. (REUTERS)

Diwali shopping online safety tips: The festive season is upon us. While on one hand, it means food, friends and family and fun, on the other hand, it also means Diwali shopping - loads of it! However, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of this year's shopping too will be happening online. While shopping online is safer for everyone as it prevents people from leaving their homes and thereby curbing the spread of the virus, adopting this mode of financial transactions is also risky if not done taking proper precautions. On this, here are Google safety tips to ensure you have a very happy Diwali!

According to data from the United Nations, cybercrime has risen 600% since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Several reports over the span of the past two years have painted a similar picture as far as the spread of malware and ransomware is concerned. Amid this time, Google has shared a long list of safety tips that online shoppers should keep in mind while shopping.

Check out Google safety tips for Diwali online shopping:

Tip 1: Never recycle your old password

Google says that poor password hygiene is far too common in Asia-Pacific, with over 80% of respondents using the same passwords across multiple sites, and almost half admitting to recycling passwords for up to 10 unique sites. If a password is stolen on any of these sites, a user's accounts on the other sites become vulnerable as well.

Solution? Google recommends creating a unique password for every account online or using a password manager.

Tip 2: Set up your security safety net

Google's research also showed that two in three respondents across Asia-Pacific have experienced a data breach or know someone who has. The tech giant recommends three ways to set up a security net. This includes setting up a security phone number or email address, setting up a two-step verification process and taking frequent Google Security Checkups.

Tip 3: Being careful while adding items to their online cart

One of the easiest and most important things that netizens can do to safeguard themselves is to ensure that the website that they are shopping from is safe to access. Google says that HTTPS is a secure and private way for people to communicate with websites. If you enable this mode, Chrome will show you a warning if a website doesn't support HTTPS. “We also recommend making sure you're always running the latest version of software on all your devices,” the company wrote in a blog post.

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First Published Date: 28 Oct, 13:04 IST