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Post Date:11/22/2017 11:21 AM
Learn how to protect yourself from cybercriminals and stay safe while shopping online on Cyber Monday (November 27) and throughout the holiday shopping season.
Shopping online erases the hassles of traffic and crowds. However, the internet may also bring online scams and identity thieves.
Keep your information secure. Review security tips from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, such as:
  • Do business with reputable vendors – Some attackers create websites that appear legitimate and may trick you. Verify the legitimacy before supplying any information. (See Understanding Web Site Certificates for more information.)
  • Make sure your information is being encrypted – Many sites use secure sockets layer (SSL) to encrypt information. Indications that your information will be encrypted include a URL that begins with "HTTPS:" instead of "HTTP:" and a padlock icon. If the padlock is closed, the information is encrypted. Some attackers try to trick users by adding a fake padlock icon, so make sure that the icon is in the address bar of your browser.
  • Be wary of emails requesting information – Attackers may attempt to gather information by sending emails requesting that you confirm purchase or account information. (See Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.) Legitimate businesses will not ask for this type of information through email. Do not provide sensitive information through email. If you receive an unsolicited email from a business, instead of clicking on the provided link, you should directly log on to the authentic website by typing the address yourself. (See Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams.)
  • Use a credit card – There are laws to limit your liability for fraudulent credit card charges. You may not have the same level of protection for your debit cards. Also, use a credit card when using a payment gateway such as PayPal, Google Wallet, or Apple Pay.
Find additional shopping or basic online safety tips with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Stop. Think. Connect. Toolkit.
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