Shopping online has become an increasingly popular convenience over the last decade or so. Due to the global pandemic, it has become even more popular. In addition, we are in the midst of the holiday shopping season, which is expected to be huge this season as it usually is. Unfortunately, not everyone is in the holiday spirit when it comes to online shopping. Some see it as an opportunity to scam other's information. The good news is there are several things you can do to help protect yourself this holiday season when shopping online, and anytime you shop online! How do people get scammed online? One popular way is for scammers to troll your searches. For example, if you're looking to purchase a new flat screen TV, scammers may set up a fake website/posting for the item you've been searching for an offer it at a discounted price. If you click on the link and enter your personal information, the scammers can capture it. It is also important to make sure you only use trusted WiFi Networks and to properly secure your own WiFi Network.
Tips and Ideas for Secure Online Shopping:
If you don't recognize the website, or the deal seems to good to be true, it might be. Research and proceed with caution!
Consider software such as System Mechanic. This software runs a comprehensive scan of over 200 tests on your computer, gets rid of junk files, and makes sure the data you've deleted on your computer is really gone.
Create a different password for every account.
Randomly generated passwords are the most secure.
Shop at websites and companies you are familiar with.
Consider a password manager program such as LastPass.
Credit cards are more secure than debit cards and gift cards.