Online Shopping Safety Tips

Online Shopping Safety Tips

  1. Regularly update your antivirus program.
  2. Only shop at trusted sites.
    • Shop sites that you’re familiar with and have shopped before.
  3. Only shop sites with an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption installed.
    • You will know that they have it because you will see a closed lock in the upper left corner beside the URL. 🔒
    • Never shop at a site with an opened lock.
  4. If you shop on a mobile device, use apps from the retailer.
    • Do not use third-party apps to shop sites.
    • Be wary of fake retailer apps.
  5. Never shop on public wifi and never enter sensitive information in a public space where someone else could see it.
  6. Create strong, unique passwords.
    • Avoid using commonly used passwords
    • Use different passwords
    • Create passwords with a variety of characters and cases
  7. Provide the minimum amount of information you can to the site.
    • Avoid adding your birthday
    • Never provide your Social Security Number to an online retailer.
  8. Check your bank statements and keep an eye on your online accounts for any suspicious activity.
  9. Cover potential losses with cyber liability insurance.
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