Protect Yourself When Shopping Online This Christmas

More people are shopping for their presents online than ever before. And while having thousands of products a mouse click away may be a more convinent way to buy your gifts, it’s worth remembering these simple tips to keep your personal information safe…

Here's how to protect yourselves while shopping online during the holidays:

1. Search for signs of approval.
Trust marks, such as the Norton Secured Seal, show the retailer has been verified and the site is likely free from malware. Also, look for HTTPS and the color green in your browser address bar before entering your personal information.

2. “Password” is not an acceptable password.
Pay particular attention to the passwords for your email, social networking and online banking accounts, making them as complex and unique as you can. Also, avoid storing your credit card information on retailer websites.

3. Be cautious on public Wi-Fi networks. Tempting as it may be to purchase a product while using a public Wi-Fi network, these hotspots can be virtual playgrounds for cybercriminals. Instead, use a personal VPN or wait until you’re on a protected network before purchasing anything online or logging onto your bank website.

4. Avoid spam’s hidden surprises.
Not all spam is harmless; some spam carries viruses and other malicious threats that may harm your computer. With holiday headlines like “Insane Cyber Monday Deals: 80% off!” or even more subtle but seasonal captions like “Information about your shipped package!,” you may be tempted to click, but you’d be wise to junk them instead. Always be cautious of any emails you receive from unknown recipients or that seem just a bit too generous.

5. Take your security to-go.
Threats on mobile devices are on the rise, and becoming increasingly sophisticated. Also, while shopping for apps for your new holiday gadget, beware that many mobile apps now feature unwanted aggressive advertising known as “madware” or mobile adware. Use a security solution and adware tool for your smartphones, tablets, laptops and home computers to keep you protected, whether you’re shopping at home or on the move.

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