Online Holiday Shopping Security Tips

Online Holiday ShoppingIt’s here…! Holiday shopping time. And as we know, despite campaigns to shop local and support your neighborhood small businesses (hint, hint), many of you will still be relying on online holiday shopping to fill in the gaps. Along with online holiday shopping, you need to be aware of online holiday shopping security tips to keep you and your computer data safe!

In my research, I came across this excellent blog by Wendy Zamora written prior to last year’s Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza. Here’s a summary of online holiday shopping security tips from Wendy’s blog, but these are really great “best practices” for any times of year!

  1. Go directly to a store’s website instead of using search engines to look for shopping deals.
  2. Avoid falling for pop-ups and other digital ads. Many pop-ups can contain fake coupons, redirecting you to malicious sites,
  3. Watch out for social media scams, especially on Facebook. Cybercriminals use fake or compromised Facebook accounts in order to post links to amazing deals that don’t actually exist.
  4. Beware of Holiday Shopping emails with attachments. Emails with attachments, especially zip files, are super suspect—it’s possible, in fact likely, that they contain malware.
  5. Make sure you are on a secure connection. Look for the padlock icon or the word “Secure” to the left of the URL when you go to check out, confirming the information is passing directly to the store’s server and will remain private.
  6. Avoid using public wifi to shop, which may expose your personal data to cybercriminals.
  7. It’s best to avoid QR codes as these can be easily hacked and linked to phishing or malware scams.
  8. Never provide extra personal info like Social Security number or password security questions or address, etc.
  9. Tighten up security before you start your Holiday Shopping. Make sure all software on your computer is up-to-date, including your OS, browser, and other apps. And if you don’t already have it, install an anti-virus/malware program on your desktop/laptop that reduces the risk of malware infection to insure maximum coverage. Finally, don’t forget to download a cybersecurity program for your Android or iPhone as well.

 

As always, for your business network security and day-to-day technology needs, we hope you think of NoWorriesIT’s Managed IT Services. We’ve been helping small businesses and non-profits in the Carroll County and surrounding areas since 1999. Call us at 410-751-7650 for a free IT and Network Security Audit.

Resource:

10 tips for safe online shopping on Cyber Monday

About The Author

Jean Burgess, Marketing Manager

Jean Burgess, Marketing Manager

Jean Burgess is Marketing Manager for NoWorriesIT, where she is continually surrounded by techno-speak and computer gear throughout the day. From Jean's desire to understand this alien world of Cloud Computing, Remote Monitoring and Management, Data Backup and Disaster Recovery, and Network Security sprang this blog -Thoughts From A Wannabe Techno Geek. Her goal: to be a liaison between the knowledgeable NoWorriesIT system engineers and the small business reader in an entertaining and informative manner.

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