Shop Safe Online this Holiday Season

Be CyberAware

November 20, 2020 |

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With increased shopping and an influx of online consumers during the holidays, cybercriminals are taking note. And this year, holiday shopping will look different with many concerned by COVID-19. More than ever, stores are going the online route, and consumers are opting to check off their lists from home at the click of a button. Learn how to protect yourself and your information so you can stay safe while online shopping this holiday season and beyond.

check these off Before You Shop!

Secure your device:

  • Update all your apps and software.
  • Make sure the device is free of viruses or malware.

Secure your connection:

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi to access personal accounts or engage in business that requires your personal information, like online shopping.
  • Make sure the webpage is secure by looking for the lock icon in the address bar and the URL prefix https:// 

Protect your accounts:

  • Enable multi-factor authentication options for an added barrier on your accounts, like social media, email, and banking.
  • Make sure your passwords are strong and secure – and never share or re-use them!

Verify the website:

  • Make sure that the online retailer is well-known, reliable, and trusted. If you’re unsure, check reviews from other customers.
  • If an offer seems too good to be true, don’t trust it!

Avoid giving out unnecessary personal information:

    • Monitor the personal information that the seller asks for, and question whether it’s necessary before giving it out.
    • Only give the information that is required. If the field is not required, leave it blank.

 

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