On the eve of the holidays, ESET analysts studied the habits of Russians in online shopping, and also assessed the possible risks.

As it turned out, as many as 65% of users prefer to buy New Year’s gifts in online stores. At the same time, more than half of Russians (54%) plan to spend up to 5,000 rubles on gifts, another 5% – from 5,000 to 10,000 rubles, and 19% – more than 15,000 rubles.

As part of the study, a quarter of respondents reported that they personally encountered fraud during online purchases (25%), another 30% claimed that they knew about such cases from relatives and friends. It is worth noting that on pre-holiday days, stores offer a large number of promotions, discounts and so on, which is often used by scammers, resorting to phishing. For example, ESET recently reported a phishing attack targeting  PayPal users.

Researchers warn that phishing can take many different forms: most often users receive messages about suspiciously large discounts by email, on social networks, in browser notifications, and so on. And as you know, filling out forms on suspicious sites, opening unwanted links, you can lose money.

“During the New Year holidays, special care should be taken. Cybercriminals are activating, taking advantage of the fact that users are busy preparing for the holidays and have lost their vigilance, ”says Ruslan Suleymanov, director of information technology at ESET Russia. – Attackers can attack the user with malware. Malware gets to PCs and smartphones in many ways, one of which can also be phishing. In the absence of a secure protocol, hackers can also easily access customer information – therefore, you should only visit resources that use the https protocol. ”

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