With more than 900 retailers offering deals this Cyber Monday, security
might not be of the highest important, but in fact, it should be your
number one priority when buying things online. Here are some security
tips to protect yourself from fraudsters.
- Watch how you shop online
- Be especially careful of any unexpected pop-ups while shopping online.
There might be fake pop-ups saying your computer is infected, or with
offers that seem like incredible deals. The best bet is to back out and
shut down the computer.
- Use only one or two specific credit cards so you can closely monitor any
fraudulent credit card activity.
- Do not click on links in emails. One trick that fraudsters regularly use
is to send an email or a text as an “order confirmation.”
- If you use your phone or computer tablet to shop, you might be more easily
persuaded by fraudsters who send out fake text alerts pretending to be
from your bank or a well-known retailer.
- Fraudsters might send a text claiming that your debit card has been frozen
and you need to provide bank account information now. Best bet: Contact
your bank directly and do not respond to texts.
- Keep computers and mobile devices up to date when it comes to having the
latest security software.
- Always protect your home wireless network with a password.
- Make sure any shopping websites use secure technology.
- When you’re at the checkout screen, verify that the Web address begins
with https. You can also check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol
appears on the page.
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Internet websites can mimic what looks like a legitimate shopping site.
So if a price sounds too good to be true when shopping on Cyber Monday,
don’t rush to hand over your credit card number.
Keep security in mind and happy shopping! Remember we are always on your
side looking after your rights. If you have a concern about a legal matter
give us a
call at 813-877-5548; we will be glad to assist you.