Retail therapy is the act of shopping with the primary purpose to improve the buyer’s mood. This form of “therapy” is practiced among many consumers, with more than half of Americans admitting to making a purchase as a way to lift their spirits. As therapeutic as shopping can be, it also raises fear among many consumers – especially around the holiday season. With websites, including eCommerce sites, experiencing 22 cyberattacks per day on average, shoppers have good reason to be concerned.
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With Cyber Monday just one week away, learn more about how consumers feel about the security of online shopping and what you can do to help prevent your data being stolen.
With the holidays quickly approaching and online shopping expected to hit record highs, it’s the perfect time to make sure your customers, and your bottom line, aren’t at risk. In fact, shipping experts like FedEx, are predicting another record-breaking year of shipments driven by eCommerce purchases.
With the push for holiday shopping about to begin, we conducted a survey to take a closer look at trends in online shopping and how that relates to what we’re passionate about: website security.
Festive decorations adorn storefronts and holiday music fills every shop; a reminder that the holiday season is upon us. It is a busy time of the year, full of parties, reunions with family and friends and plenty of shopping.
According to the National Retail Federation, 2016’s holiday sales are expected to increase 3.6 percent over last year to 655.8 billion dollars. Shoppers are estimated to spend an average of $935.58 on gifts, food, décor, cards, and personal purchases.
That means a lot of time spent in stores and online looking for just the right gift, decoration, or meal for the season. It is also a prime time for a crime, especially if you’re shopping online.
Expect Increased Volumes
This year, 80% of consumers plan to spend as much or more than they did in 2014, according to an analysis of available research by PFSWeb. Just on Cyber Monday alone, total sales made from consumers’ desktops reached $2.28 billion, up 12% from 2014. Mobile sales on Cyber Monday grew 53% from last year, with total sales reaching $838 million.
Your inbox is exploding with holiday promotional emails by now. It is likely that your favorite store is offering 25% off your entire purchase, and all you have to do is “redeem now.” But before you click on that enticing link, consider who the email is actually coming from. Phishing emails are well-crafted emails that trick the user into clicking on links or attachments that collect personal and financial information or contain malware. While deals are great, think before you click, especially during the holiday season.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday frenzy. With the allure of Cyber Monday markdowns, it’s easy to forget to use proper precautions when shopping online. Everyone expects that all the ecommerce sites are safe, but there is always the possibility of getting tricked into visiting a website managed by cybercriminals. Here are a couple things to be mindful of as you shop online this weekend.