Things to keep in mind this holiday shopping season


Hello Holiday Shoppers!

With Black Friday and the Holidays literally just around the corner I am sure some of you will be doing a little bit of online shopping. Norton put together a list of the top 11 Safety tips for any on-line shopping that we feel is important to share with our clients.

Happy Online Shopping and be safe.

Here are some of our favourites:

1) Shop the Names You Know

When it comes to online shopping, there are some advantages to brand loyalty. Shopping mainly with brands that you know well – the kind that absolutely have to have the highest standards in safety – is one of the best ways to make sure everything will be on the up and up.

2) Always Check for the Lock

Secure sites always let you know that your information is protected. The “lock” icon on most browsers pops up when the site you’re surfing is using high-level encryption. Encryption “scrambles” information you send, making it harder for anyone to intercept it.

3) Keep Private Information Private

If a site asks you a strange question, such as about your Social Security number, back away. Many sophisticated phishing schemes can look very similar to a trusted website, but will try to fool you with an “interstitial” page that pops up and asks for inappropriate information.

4) Double Check Your Billing Statements

One way to stay safe online is to always check your billing statements from your bank or credit card. Issues that you might not even have noticed could slip by unless you check your statements, alerting you to the possibility of fraud.

5) Be Careful With Your Passwords

You should always be extremely careful with your passwords: Don’t save them in your browser, don’t write them down anywhere near your computer, and be sure that you use several different passwords. Ideally, use a different one for each site.

6) Use Mobile Apps

Generally speaking, wireless communications are less safe than wired connections. To make shopping safer, use a company’s dedicated mobile app rather than using the browser on your phone. Also make sure you keep the app updated.

7) Do Your Shopping From Home

All things being equal, your home Internet connection is a lot safer than any connection you might have access to on a public network. Always do all your shopping from home, preferably from a private, hard-wired desktop connection.

8) Think About Identity Theft Protection

There are plenty of services out there that can help protect you from identity theft. Many of these services will run checks on your credit cards and other accounts and set out an alert to companies if unusual activity is detected.

9) Keep Your Web Browser Up to Date

Even your home internet connection can be threatened, especially if you don’t update your software frequently enough. Your browser will usually alert you when updates are available, but don’t forget to actually accept them!

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Happy Shopping!

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