Security Tips For Safe Online Christmas Shopping

Security Tips For Safe Online Christmas Shopping

Here are some tips that you can use to make sure you ensure your purchases are safe during the holiday season: "Do's and don'ts to dodge cybergrinches One you're done with turkey and pumpkin pie, prepare yourself for an onslaught of tainted Web links and viral attachments, deployed by cybergrinches to take over control of your computing device. These malicious digital gifts will come at you in e-mail, social media postings and search results -- decorated like greeting cards, coupons, shipping documents and other innocuous bits of info. Brett Stone-Gross, researcher at Dell SecureWorks, supplied CyberTruth with these dozen tips for making it harder for the bad guys to spoil your holiday good cheer. *Be wary of holiday gift cards, holiday coupon offers, holiday cards, photos, etc., sent via e-mail. These often have malicious links within the offer which lead to downloads of info-stealing Trojans or the hackers try to scam you out of your bank account information. *Type the actual Web address of the retailer you want to visit into your browser. Do not follow links provided by e-mail offers or pop up ads. Many times these are fraudulent sites made to look like the legitimate retail sites. *Avoid using debit cards to do online purchases when possible so as to limit your personal exposure to any possible fraudulent transactions. Use a credit card that limits your fraud liability. *Always look at your Web browser for the https (as opposed to http) protocol that proceeds a Web address. The "s" let's you know that the website is providing a layer of security for transmitting your personal information over the Internet. *Be wary of unsolicited e-mails, even from senders that you know, that include links or attachments. Before clicking on links or attachments, try to verify the authenticity with the sender." Article: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/onyourside/article/336883/9/Dos-and-donts-to-dodge-cyberscams


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