Cyber Monday has become the internet’s version of Black Friday. If you are like me in any way, you aren’t really into waiting in long lines just to get into the store, let alone the ones where you are waiting to pay. If a large crowd of people all wanting the same thing at the same time isn’t for you, then maybe Cyber Monday is the way to go. Whether you are at home or in the office, having coffee or lunch, you can shop in peace. With over 129 million expected online shoppers this year, you can be sure cybercriminals will be on the prowl. Below we’ve given a few simple steps to ensure prtection of your identity as well as your computer.
- Make sure your antivirus and malware software is up to date.
- Be sure to have a firewall installed
on your computer.
- Passwords should be updated frequently.
- Shop at home. Using public computers or unsecured networks can increase exposure.
- Shop sites that allow secure transactions.
- Remember to save your receipts just like shopping in a store. Print or save all payment confirmations.
- Keep your debit card in your wallet. Shop with your credit cards. Debit cards are linked directly to your bank account. If your information is compromised, your credit card will offer more protection than your debit card.
- Continually check credit card and bank statements.
- Limit your exposure. Shop with trusted vendors.