By Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky
Like most of you, the continuing pandemic has affected my online buying habits in more ways than one. I have embraced more the virtual way of shopping just like the more than three in five online users (64%) in Southeast Asia (SEA) as our research revealed last year.I still enjoy retail shopping, especially the experience of seeing new products and testing a variety of gadgets.
But of course, health comes first so I have adapted and now do my shopping once a month. Here in Singapore, we get monthly promotions, depending on your bank and the e-commerce platform, so I harness the perks of online shops by stacking up discounts per month.
It does come with risks, though. For instance, since the beginning of 2021, we have foiled 708 incidents across six countries in SEA, 50% of the total number of mobile bankers blocked in 2020 which was 1,408. We also monitored a 60% uptick in the number of attacks using malicious mobile bankers detected and blocked in the region.
I’ve also seen these risks myself. Just this year, I was in a hawker center buying lunch for my family when I received a text message with a link to track a parcel.
A few days ago, I ordered a makeshift table for my work-from-home set-up so I am indeed expecting a delivery. In short, I clicked, and then boom. It was a phishing link. Thankfully, my phone has a Kaspersky Internet Security on it, and as soon as I clicked it, it kicked in and blocked the threat.
From this I learned that it is easy to say do not click on anything, but add in the contexts of the setting — my mind was occupied with another activity (buying lunch), in a noisy environment (hawker center), and I am expecting a parcel (table) — and you’ll know that in the real world, it is easier said than done.
Aside from the importance of having a safety net — a security solution that can catch your accidental slips — it is also essential to revisit the card that you are using for online shopping as it will shape the possible losses a malicious link can inflict on your wallet.
Let’s see how your online card should look like.
Ideally, a credit card
A credit card is not necessarily more secured than a debit card. However, disputes are easier to settle if a malicious transaction involves your credit card.
Banks have insurance schemes and grace periods that allow you to alert them should you monitor a suspicious transaction, so be sure to keep an eye on your card’s balance and recent transactions list and to turn on transaction notifications.
With debit, the money loss will be pulled directly from your account. Meaning, it is your own money you are losing. And getting it back usually takes longer compared with a credit card — which you just don’t need to pay until the bank’s investigation is done.
For online shopping only, with a minimum balance
I am a believer in the additional security layer provided by a separate card which is meant only for spending online. In case it is compromised, you can easily cut the card without affecting your main bank accounts. Just be sure that if you see anything suspicious, contact your bank immediately and try to cancel the transaction — the faster you do it, the better.
The same principle applies to having a dedicated e-mail for your online spending needs which severely limit the amount of spam messages you receive and significantly reduce the risk of opening potentially malicious e-mails disguised as sales promotions.
It is also best to use a credit card with a low limit, or you may also set the limit lower according to your spending pattern. This is to ensure that cybercriminals, in case they get their hands on it, can only use a limited amount, in turn not inflicting a huge monetary impact on you.
Kept as a secret and tightly secured
Though life will be easier if your card details are saved across all e-commerce platforms you’re using, data breaches happening should be enough to warn us about keeping our financial data more securely. The more data you share and save online, the higher the risk you are putting yourself and your finances into.
And like the lesson I have learned myself, use a security solution with protection from phishing and online fraud, such as our Kaspersky Internet Security that has a Safe Money feature.
Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky today reveals its Q2 2021 mobile threat report for Southeast Asia (SEA) where it has monitored a 60% uptick in the number of attacks using malicious mobile bankers detected and blocked in the region.
In the Philippines, Kaspersky endpoint solutions like Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security that have Safe Money features are available on 11.11 promos in Shopee and Lazada. Customers can enjoy up to 50% discount.
Globe offers affordable, longer roaming services as Japan reopens doors, S. Korea resumes tourist visa application
June 17, 2022 8:22 p.m.
Prepare your passports and get ready for the reopening of international travel! As you explore the world, no need to worry about connectivity overseas as Globe Roaming has the right data packs for you, whether for a 3-day or 30-day stay.
Japan is now accepting travelers from the Philippines, which is among the 98 “blue” countries whose travelers are no longer required to get tested or quarantined for COVID-19 upon arrival. For those traveling to Japan, Globe is currently offering 5G services through SoftBank.
You can also start applying for a short-term tourist visa to visit your favorite K-pop paradise, South Korea, where Globe is offering 4G and 5G roaming services through SK Telecom and KT Corp.
“The world is gradually opening up two years since the pandemic put travel on hold. More Filipinos are now opting to spend more time in other countries to make up for lost time in terms of travel, and they will be on the lookout for the safest and most convenient way to stay connected. As they explore the world once again, Globe will be with them and deliver data roaming that’s within their reach, even for longer travel periods,” said Coco Domingo, Vice President, Globe Postpaid and International Business.
If you’re a Postpaid subscriber, it is best to subscribe to a Globe data roaming pack a few hours prior to your departure from the Philippines. Note, however, that if you wish to use Roam Surf 399, no prior registration is required. You just need to turn on your mobile data and data roaming upon landing at your country of destination.
This easy-to-use roaming service not only becomes more affordable the longer you are abroad but is also very convenient. You can safely connect from your phone without lugging around another device such as a pocket WiFi or buying a local SIM.
“Roam Surf Longer Stay is meant for cross-country travels as it is currently available in over 70 countries worldwide. Longer Stay promos also give you bigger savings the longer you use it,” Domingo said.
Globe is all set to provide connectivity requirements of Filipino tourists with the expected surge in global travel. Despite strict travel restrictions during the height of the global health crisis, Globe accelerated its roaming rollout, particularly 5G, to more countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe as part of its commitment to deliver a #1stWorldNetwork.
This innovative service is part of Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which highlight the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development under SDG No. 9.
Keep your passwords secure with Google; celebrate World Password Day on May 5
May 2, 2022 9:42 p.m.
Much of our lives now revolve around the internet. This means having different accounts in different social media platforms, applications, and websites. With this, it is only imperative to have strong passwords to ensure security.
Strong passwords help prevent personal information and files from being compromised. Ideally, they need to be long and complex with at least 12 characters, made up of a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
Passwords must exclude personal information that others may easily know, like birthdays or names of pets.
It should also be unique for every account so others remain safe when one gets compromised. For added protection, activating 2-Step Verification is also one way to get extra security.
Creating different passwords and trying to remember all them can be hard, that’s why it’s important to use a password manager.
With Google Password Manager, not only can you easily generate strong passwords, you can save, manage and keep them secure across multiple accounts.
Here’s how it works:
- Google Password Manager makes it simple to generate strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts when you’re using Chrome browser, on Android and Chrome on iOS.
- Google Password Manager helps remember all your saved passwords. You will only need to remember your Google account password – the only password you’ll ever need to remember – and let Google Password Manager take care of the rest. It autofills your secure password every time you visit a site or sign in with your Google account logged in.
- Google checks 1 billion passwords for breaches, daily. Google Password Manager will notify you in real-time about unsafe or stolen passwords, and help you fix them in a single tap. If you get an alert from Chrome saying that a password and username combination that you use has been published on the internet as a result of a data leak on a third party website or app, all you need to do is tap “Check passwords” and follow the prompts to change your password for each compromised site.
- Using a password manager can help reduce the hassle of remembering, resetting, or worrying about passwords. Often, you can run a Password Checkup anytime to tell you if any of your passwords have been compromised in a third-party breach; being reused across different sites; or should be strengthened. You can quickly update any weak or compromised accounts with stronger passwords using Google Password Manager.
- To free people from having to manually enter passwords into the password manager, Google introduced the Password Import feature in 2021, which allows you to easily upload up to 3,000 passwords at a time from various third party sites into Google Password Manager. You can also store up to 10,000 passwords in your Google Account. Once you’ve imported your passwords, you can run a password checkup to how strong those passwords are, in one go.
This World Password Day (May 5) and beyond, remember to always keep your accounts secure. As passwords remain a part of our digital lives, take advantage of tools like Google Password Manager to make it easier to keep yourselves secure online as well.
LG Monitor Madness on 5.5 Lazada Live
May 2, 2022 9:36 p.m.
As working from home and hybrid work setups are becoming the norm, the requirement for high-performance monitors that provide eye comfort increases exponentially.
To meet this need, LG focuses its 5.5 Lazada grand celebration into the different monitor lineups they offer.
The goal is to help more individuals get access to new monitors that improve productivity and offer stunning picture quality.
The 5.5 Lazada grand celebration will be hosted by LG brand ambassador Luis Manzano together with Arri of Shoppertainment and Kyra Tan of LG Electronics, Product Manager for IT Monitor.
For the duration of the promo, select LG products in Lazada will have a 10% discount and free shipping. Special bundles will also be sold off and 500 Peso vouchers will be given away. The Lazada Live event will focus on 4 monitors that LG offers, each of which have their own unique strengths that will help consumers.
The LG Ultragear 32-inch Full HD Gaming Monitor offers high performance whether you’re a professional gamer or a hobbyist. An ultra-fast speed of 165Hz allows gamers to see the next frame quickly and makes the image appear smooth.
You can respond quickly to opponents and aim at targets easily.
The regular price of the 32” Ultragear is P20,199, but just for 5.5, it has a special price of P18,179. Each purchase also includes a P500 voucher.
LG 24-inch Full HD Monitor is a cost-efficient upgrade to increase your productivity at home. It provides true color with wide angles.
Its IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology highlights the performance of liquid crystal displays. Response times are shortened, color reproduction is improved, and users can view the screen at virtually any angle.
This is one of LG’s most affordable monitors with an SRP of P8,399. With the 10% promo, the price is just P7,559 and also includes a P200 voucher for free shipping.
LG Ultrawide 34-inch Full HD IPS Monitor gives you all the space you need to multitask effectively.
The 21:9 UltraWide Full HD display with a resolution of 2560×1080 offers more screen space compared to 16:9 Full HD resolution displays.
The extra room allows you to keep multiple windows open and reduce the need to flip back and forth between them.
The original price is P19,899, but will be down to P17,909 for the duration of the promo period.
It also includes free shipping and a P500 voucher.LG 22-inch Full HD Monitor is another affordable monitor if you want to upgrade.
This is actually one of the freshest sizes this 2022 in LG’s monitor line-up. It offers 1080p Full HD resolution that delivers brilliant images that pop with vibrant details.
You can mount it on a wall or use an ergonomic stand to help you get a comfortable fit. The 22-inch monitor will have a special price of P6,999 for the 5.5 grand celebration.
As a special treat to viewers, LG will also be raffling off four monitors during the event. LG monitor models 22MP410-B.APH, 24MP400-B.APH, 32GN500-B.APH, and 34WP500-B.APH will be given away through the course of the grand celebration.
Don’t miss out on your chance to win! Catch Lazada’s 5.5 grand celebration on Thursday, May 5, 11AM both on Lazada Live and Facebook Live.
You can visit lg.com/ph for more information. You can purchase LG monitors from authorized retailers or in LG’s flagship online stores in Lazada and Shopee.
LG is a Big Winner at This Year’s Red Dot and CES 2022 Innovation Awards
LG Electronics has taken home 25 honors from this year’s Red Dot Award, continuing its success at the prestigious annual design awards program.
Among the company’s impressive haul were three Best of the Best accolades for the LG washer and dryer with an upgradability option, a new LG lifestyle OLED TV and the LG DualUp Monitor Ergo.
LG PuriCare AeroTower air purifier and the LG tiiun were recognized in the Innovative Product category.
Other LG products honored at this year’s awards include the LG One:Quick Flex all-in-one display solution, LG UltraGearTM gaming laptop, LG OLED evo Gallery Edition and other OLED evo TV models, all lauded for their aesthetically pleasing and user-centric designs.
The Red Dot Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for product design, communication design and design concepts, with the distinctive Red Dot winner logo seen as a respected mark of quality around the world.
This year, approximately 7,800 products were submitted for the jury’s consideration.
Meanwhile, LG Electronics also swept up a grand collection of CES® awards at the 2022 event across its home appliance, home entertainment and business solutions categories.
In all, LG tallied approximately 150 awards and accolades from various publications covering the first-ever physical/virtual hybrid CES event.
Among the top honors earned were 24 CES Innovation Awards and the 2022 CES Editor’s Choice awards from USA TODAY’s consumer product reviews division, Reviewed.
LG was recognized as the most-awarded brand by USA TODAY/Reviewed with LG’s OLED evo C2 Series, PuriCare™ AeroTower, DualUp Monitor, Soundbar S95QR and Washer and Dryer Pair earning recognition based on four key criteria: innovation, technology, design and value.