The Department of Homeland Security’sÂ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has launched a campaign to increase awareness about potentialÂ online shopping scams and other malicious activities ahead of the holiday shopping season.Â
CISA said Tuesday it created a new section on its website that lays out precautionary measures when buying gifts on the internet, including ensuring devices are updated, verifying the authenticity of online outlets and using safe methods for purchases.Â
The holiday season givesÂ cybercriminalsÂ the opportunity to take advantage ofÂ unsuspecting online shoppers, Christopher Krebs, director of CISA and a 2019 Wash100 awardee,Â said in aÂ video message posted on the website.Â
âThe good news is you donât need to be a cybersecurity pro to defend yourself. Itâs often the simple things that make a big difference in protecting yourself and your family from cyber threats and scams,” Krebs added.
CISA intends to release additional resources and safety information next month to promote secure online shopping.Â