We’re heading into that time of the year where your doorstep is full of online shopping orders! While it’s undeniable that holiday deals are some of the best around, it’s important to always keep your security in mind before purchasing. Check out the below tips on ways to keep yourself safe while online shopping this holiday season:
1. Shop Secure Sites Only
Prior to entering any of your personal or financial information, it’s important to make sure the site that your one is secure and legitimate. The easiest way to tell if your site is secure is to check for the “https” at the beginning of the site address.
2. Don’t Use Your Debit Card
When online shopping, it’s best practice to use credit cards or a payment service like PayPal. Credit cards offer more security and less liability is a card number gets stolen. Because debit cards are linked to your bank account, you become a much higher risk if someone is able to back your information.
3. Beware of “Too Good to Be True” Links
Before you start clicking around, take precautions on accessing links that seem a little too good to be true, especially on social networks. If you find yourself really tempted by an offer, save yourself the risk and do some research or find someone else who has tried to take advantage of the deal before clicking.
4. Create Stronger Passwords
We know. We’re always stressing the importance of stronger passwords. But unique and secure passwords are your best gate keeper when keeping your information private.
5. Outsmart Email Scams
Similar to avoiding click-bait links, beware of email scams. Email scammers send out malware and viruses by disguising them as “special offers” or “gifts”. Safe bet: Don’t open emails from people or companies you don’t know. Especially those who alert you that “there may be a problem with your account!” – if you’re genuinely worried about the safety of your bank account, give your bank a call.
It’s always important to follow safety protocols when accessing websites, emails and more. Score some great deals – but keep it secure!