New Tool To Protect Irish Consumers From Online Shopping Scams

by | Nov 23, 2023 | Trends & Insights

In an era where online shopping is not just a convenience but a necessity, the threat of online shopping scams looms large across Ireland.

Recognising this, a groundbreaking online service, CheckMyLink, has been launched to fortify consumers against these digital dangers. It checks that the website someone is about to buy from is genuine and free from malware.

This innovative security tool is the brainchild of Munster Technological University Cyber Skills, in collaboration with Scam Adviser and An Garda Síochána.

Its objective is clear: to ensure that Irish shoppers can navigate the online marketplace with confidence and security.


The growing need for cybersecurity in online shopping


The need for such protective measures has never been greater. With the surge in online shopping, particularly around high-traffic periods like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the build-up to Christmas, cybercriminals are increasingly deploying sophisticated scams.

These range from intricate phishing schemes to elaborate counterfeit websites, all designed to siphon personal and financial information from unsuspecting consumers.


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Understanding how CheckMyLink works


At its core, CheckMyLink serves as a digital sentinel. By allowing users to enter a website’s URL, it swiftly assesses whether the site is authentic and malware-free.

This is a pivotal step in the fight against cybercrime, as it helps prevent consumers from falling prey to counterfeit websites and phishing attempts. The user-friendly interface of CheckMyLink makes it an indispensable tool for anyone looking to make safe online purchases.


Support cyber safety through knowledge


At Arbelos, we recognise the importance of such innovative tools in enhancing the online safety of consumers. While we are not directly involved with CheckMyLink, our support for and promotion of these tools aligns with our enduring commitment to cyber safety.

Help support others, spread the word and make sure your network knows about CheckMyLink.


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