Last year, on Amazon Prime Day, the company’s mega shopping event of the year, Amazon sold more than 100,000 laptops, 200,000 televisions, 300,000 headphones and millions of pieces of other merchandise.
Eyeing that Chromebook? The TV on Amazon Prime that comes with a $300 Visa Gift Card? Headphones for your audio-book habit? Need a new home security solution? Interested in whipping up gourmet, magazine photo dinners with an Instant Pot? The deals can seem larger-than-life and endlessly alluring.
Amidst these genuine value deals, cyber hackers hope to fool consumers into falling for false advertising. For example, an enterprising hacker might send you an email with a link to a deal. However, if you click on the link, you’ll likely find yourself in a great deal of distress; many of these links contain malware.
Alternatively, if you’re between virtual meetings, typing fast and not paying close attention, you might end up on an Amazon.com look-alike domain; a website that looks like Amazon’s but that isn’t. Security researchers with Check Point Software report that in the past 30 days, they’ve seen a 21% increase in domain registration (related to the word Amazon), meaning that hackers are extremely eager to fool consumers with look-alike domains.
For tips on the best ways to avoid cyber scams on Amazon Prime Day, watch the video above or click here to read a blog post.
By the way, were you excited about those huge discounts on tech gear, books, home security, kitchen-ware and more? The New York Times has compiled a list of the best deals. Get their list right here.