Tips and Tactics
November brings with it what many people consider to be the start of the holiday shopping season. As online shoppers kick-off their online shopping sprees in full force, you can be sure that cyber scammers will be gearing up, ready to unleash their tricks and make a profit.
How can you raise your security awareness before you make an online purchase? Take a look at our 5 easy tips, below.
- First on our list, of course, is to prepare your PC so you can guard against any unwanted intrusions. Make sure your security software (anti-spyware, anti-virus, and firewall) is up-to-date, and that you have updated your operating system with the latest patches. It’s important to do this before making any online transactions.
- When shopping online and providing your payment details, always look for the mark of a secure site. If the URL begins with “https://” it indicates a secure connection where the information is being encrypted. You can also check your browser window for a padlock icon, another indication that a website is secure.
- Stick to companies you know and trust and well-established retailers. While we all want to find the best deals available online, be aware that cyber criminals will try to use social engineering tactics to deceive you into making a purchase. If it looks too good to be true, it just might be…
- Consider using a separate credit card with a low credit limit for online transactions. In the event that your credit details get into the wrong hands, you can cut your losses.
- If you’re leery of giving your credit card number for online transactions, some credit cards companies offer an “e-card” solution that gives the user the ability to create a temporary credit card number to be used just once or with a spending limit.
Stay tuned next month when we’ll bring you a more comprehensive look at the online scams to be on the lookout for this year, as well as the tips and tactics that will keep you protected.