It’s hard to believe that Cyber Monday is just days away. For the last ten years, I’ve done most of my holiday shopping online, always ready to pounce on my favorite retailers’ free shipping and deep discount offers. I consider myself a safe and savvy shopper, yet, seeing so many of the retailers I shop at get hacked has made me nervous. This year, I’ll be extra careful about where I click.
Here are a few extra steps we can all take this weekend, as we shop online, to protect our identities and purchases.
Cyber Monday Tips To Protect Your Identity While Shopping Online
- Be sure to only shop trusted sites — be on the lookout for imposter websites
- Don’t purchase from a site unless you see a locked padlock in the status bar or https:// in the browser’s address bar
- Enable your browsers’ pop-up blockers and increase your privacy settings
- Steer clear of phishing attempts by not clicking on any suspicious links or opening unsolicited emails
- Make sure that your firewalls, antivirus software and browsers are up-to-date
- Pay attention to any warnings you receive from both your antivirus software and browsers
- Don’t shop on public WiFi!
- Don’t overshare personal information when making purchases
- Take advantage of the extra protection credit card purchases provides; avoid using your debit card, if at all possible
- Closely monitor your credit-debit card and financial statements for irregularities and take action immediately if you notice suspicious activity
- Enroll in an identity theft protection service, such as UltraSecure or UltraSecure+Credit, to closely monitor your identity and credit
The holidays are a time to give thanks and spend time with our loved ones. Don’t let an unsafe purchase ruin your peace of mind. Pay attention and shop safely this Cyber Monday.
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