Safe Cyber Holiday Shopping

By Allan Degner on November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday is for stealing deals, not your identity. Follow these six steps for safe online shopping this holiday season. Tips from The Hanover:

  1. Keep a Clean Machine
    Smartphones or other devices you use for shopping should have up-to-date software.
  2. When in Doubt Throw it Out
    If an email looks suspicious, it’s best to delete it.
  3. Get Savvy About Wi-Fi Hotspots
    Don’t share personal or financial information over a public Wi-Fi network
  4. Make Sure the Site is Legitimate
    Web browsers should display a closed padlock or URL beginning with https. (the ‘s’ means secure)
  5. Protect Your Personal Information
    Don’t give more information than necessary. Check the website’s privacy policy to understand how your information will be used.
  6. Keep a Trail
    Save records of your online transactions. Read your credit card/bank statements and report any discrepancies immediately.