BBB Reminds Community of the Importance of Online Security for Cyber Monday

November 15, 2017

BBB Reminds Community of the Importance of Online Security for Cyber Monday

Richmond, VA- Cyber Monday is Monday, November 27, 2017, and BBB is warning all who are spending money online to use caution when imputing your banking information. According to Cisco-owned blog Talos, there is malware capable of “poisoning” Google searches. The malware can move fake content to the top of an internet search where an unexpecting user is tricked into clicking on the links. This content can target those using bank or related financial keywords. This malware, Zeus Panda, works by targeting these keywords and then infecting other searches and obtaining more personal information such as bank account or credit card numbers by following users searches.  

“We want our local communities to be aware of this issue and to be informed of the dangers that come with using unsecure sites,” says Olivia Smith, Communications Manager for BBBCV. “This is the time of year when online shopping is at its peak, and we want to help you be aware of this issue so when you’re online you get your next favorite gift, not a dangerous malware infection.”   

As you’re making your lists and checking them twice make sure you’re paying attention to a website’s security settings. A secure website will start with “https://” and will include a lock icon on the purchase or shopping cart page.  If a website is unsecure you could be opening malware infected links. Even if the website appears to be safe, think about what you’re clicking on before you click and open an unfamiliar website. You can check out an online retailer’s Business Profile and read consumer reviews at

This time of year, BBB can’t stress enough the importance of safe online shopping and cybersecurity. If you do have anti-virus or a firewall now is a great time to check them and make sure they are up-to-date with your provider. If you don’t have an anti-virus system, make it a priority to get one.  

Smith is the Communications Manager for BBB serving Central Virginia and can be reached at for additional comment.

About BBB: BBB serving Central Virginia serves Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest, and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of BBB include business profiles, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education, and charity review.