SHORT TUTORIAL/FAQ - How Can I Stay Safe While Shopping Online?
Question: Now that the kids are back at school, I have time to think
about what's next. I'd love to get ahead of holiday shopping, but I know
there are more cyberthreats out there all the time. What can I do to stay
Knowing about the threats is the first step in avoiding them, so
you've already taken one important measure. Here are some additional tips:
~ Only do business with companies you know. Or, at the very least, check
the security of any retailer very closely. For starters, look for "https"
at the beginning of the URL, not just "http." You can also read reviews
to see if there have been any complaints. Then navigate to the company's
security policy and actually read it. If it doesn't reassure you, move on
to another site.
~ Use strong passwords. If you do find a new retailer you want to do
business with, be sure to use a strong, unique password when creating an
account. Better yet, complete the transaction as a "guest" and don't
agree to have the site save your information.
~ Only shop using a secure connection. Doing business online while
at a public place may not be the safest option. It's too easy for
hackers to intercept your transaction and get your financial information.
~ Use a credit or debit card that comes with protection. You may also want to consider using a
third-party payment option such as PayPal.
~ Beware of fake shopping apps, which can steal your financial
information or install malware on your device. They may look like the
real thing in your app store, but check to see how long they've been
around. If there aren't many reviews yet, that's a bad sign. Avoid the
issue entirely by finding a link to the app on the retailer's website.
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