Bots are seeing widespread use in criminal attempts to take advantage of online shoppers during the holiday season. Barracuda reports detecting a "staggering" number of bots and bot-driven attacks. The leading "bad bot personas" they're seeing are HeadlessChrome, yerbasoftware, and M12bot. E-commerce platforms can reduce the risk to themselves and their customers, Barracuda says, by using web application firewalls (and ensuring they're properly configured), ensuring that those security solutions include anti-bot protection, and applying credential-stuffing protection to help prevent account takeovers.
WatchGuard has joined those offering predictions for 2021, and one of their major predictions is that consumers will "revolt" over smart device privacy issues during the coming year.