Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

( – The holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family. For many, it’s also an excuse to spoil these important people with gifts. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when thieves will look to steal from you, as the following scenario demonstrates:

It was too good to be true. That beautiful gold necklace was on sale for $30. My gut told me it was a scam, but my sister had been looking for one for months. I had planned to surprise her on Christmas morning. Man, was I surprised when I saw all of the comments of people talking about their bank accounts being wiped out. Well, I did one thing right; I used Affirm. Their credit cards are only good for 24 hours, so at least those scammers only got me for $30.

Because COVID has me doing more online shopping this year, maybe I should check out what WKMG News 6 has to say about cybercrime.

More people are doing their holiday shopping online this year than ever before due to the pandemic. To help people shop safely, we’ve compiled a list of safety tips:

  • Check to see if the site you’re on is a secured site – a padlock in the far left of the search bar indicates it’s secure.
  • Change your passwords often and use services like 1Password. They encrypt your password and help you to remember them.
  • Buy through guest checkout whenever possible instead of signing in on sites. There’s no need to give any more information than you need to reveal.
  • Never shop on public Wi-Fi. Why give hackers the chance to steal your personal info?
  • Keep your information secure by downloading trusted antivirus software.

If you do decide to venture out for Christmas shopping, take the time to develop situational awareness. It could make all the difference in your safety and maybe even keep you one step ahead of danger.

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