11/27/2017    Online Shopping

But before you start Cyber Monday, consider these safety tips and keep your personal information safe.

1. Update your anti-virus software.
Make sure your anti-virus, adware, spyware and firewall are up-to-date. This will be your first line of defense against cyber thieves.

2. Use secure websites.
Look for the https:// - URL which stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). SSL is a secure encryption Web protocol used to make data safe when transmitted over the Internet. Also look for a lock or similar icon to indicate you are on a safe site.

3. Do not use a public WiFi to make purchases.
It is easy for cyber thieves to steal your information over a public WiFi network. Shop online, using a secure wireless network. Set your wireless router to WPA2 or WPA/WPA2 security mode.

4. Create a strong password.
Choose a password by combining different numbers, letters and symbols. Remember, the longer the password the better. Be sure to log off of a web site after completing an online transaction.

5. Don't use debit cards online.
You have got far less protection against fraud on a debit card than you do with a credit card. Stick to credit cards when shopping online. If you absolutely must use a debit card, use the prepaid kind with a set spending limit. Use a single credit card. It is easier to cancel one card rather than several if your card is compromised by online purchases.

6. Shop with companies you know and trust.
Shop online at with well known and reputable retailers. Avoid unfamiliar sites offering big steals, huge savings and super bargains.

7. Search for deals on websites, not search engines.
Don not search for deals on Google. Get to that site s website and look for it there instead so you don not fall victim to an adware attack and have your information compromised in the process.