Support employees to avoid online shopping scams this festive season

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With the silly season suddenly upon us in earnest, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) wants everyone to be more guarded when shopping online. As many of your employees will be shopping online using corporate devices, it’s important to take the time now to remind them to be vigilant. Make sure your staff are all suitably trained to avoid online shopping scams.

ASD recommends five simple practices for individuals to minimise the risk of cyberthreats while shopping online, namely:  

  1. Shop using secure devices
  2. Protect payment information and accounts
  3. Use trusted sellers 
  4. Use secure payment methods 
  5. Be alert to fake delivery scams.

The ASD also recommends sharing resources that are freely available on with your team, including a two-minute quiz to assess online shopping habits. The step-by-step advice for secure online shopping, includes:

  • Know how to stay secure while you are shopping
  • How to spot a fake website or scammer while shopping online
  • What to do after making an online purchase
  • What to do if things go wrong while shopping online.


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Parcel delivery scams

Of course, at this time of year those ubiquitous parcel delivery scams ratchet up to another level. And with more online shopping purchases, it’s easier for anyone to fall for the scam text and press the pesky links. 

Again, why not take the time now to remind your about the importance of cybersecurity. Perhaps conduct refresher training on the latest scams, empowering your employees be comfortable recognising and reporting threats. This includes and what steps they need to follow if they get caught up in an online shopping scam. 

Remember, phishing threats can come from any app, email, SMS text, or messaging app. With more sensitive data flowing through mobile phone endpoints, it’s critical to adopt technology solutions such as EMM to meet mobile cybersecurity needs.

EMM tools secure mobile devices, applications, and the data stored on them. For example, Mobile Threat Detection detects and analyses threats, acting against them and restoring compromised devices to a compliant state. This technology detects and remediates malware, viruses, worms, bots, phishing, and a variety of other cyber threats.

As always, please reach out to the team at imei for help and support on mobile threat detection and mobile cybersecurity. Our experts can help you safeguard your company from ongoing mobile cybersecurity risk.

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