The holiday season means online shopping is in full swing. But, with more purchases happening online the threat of cyber security issues is at an all-time high. When people are more frequently charging their credit cards and not paying close attention to each transaction, it becomes easier for cybercriminals to slide in with these attacks.
Here are 5 tips to keep your information secure as your shop the worldwide web:
1. Use Sites That Are Secure
Any time you go to a new web address, check that it’s secure. Here’s how you can check:
On Google Chrome or Safari, go to the search bar and click the lock icon on the left side of the website’s address. This will show if the site you’re using is secure and if there is no Lock Icon, the website is not safe!
2. Choose Credit
It’s always safest to use credit cards over debit cards when shopping online. Most major credit cards have 0% liability policies, so you know you’re covered. Plus, Credit company’s typically get your money back to you much quicker than when dealing with banks.
3. Use a Secure Wifi Network
Public WiFi networks offer no authentication to establish a connection, so any login information and passwords you may save online for easy entry are now WAY more accessible to hackers and they can use this to get your financial details and steal your identity.
4. Monitor Your Bank Account
You’ll be going to various stores and restaurants throughout the holiday season, which makes it harder to pinpoint or notice charges on your credit card that are not your own. Be sure you’re taking note when charges come through, so if something comes through that’s unfamiliar you’ll be able to catch it immediately.
5. Watch out for Facebook & Social Media Ads
Company’s use high-quality images and too-good-to-be-true deals on Facebook and Instagram that look legitimate. Many even go as far as to pay for comments on the ad and for reviews on their website. So, before you make any purchases from an enticing Instagram Ad with a great deal, google the reviews for the business to get a better idea of product quality, shipping times, and if the company is a scam.
We’re wishing you all a safe season of shopping and we hope these tips help! If you have any questions or need help ensuring your network is safe – just head to our support center here — https://www.hookssystems.com/support/