With more people than ever turning to their computer to find holiday deals this Cyber Monday, you will want to be aware of internet scams and fraud. In this environment, internet security companies like San Mateo based AVG are there to help you enjoy the best deals from the comfort of your home shopping experience while avoiding cyber criminals.
• Avoid making transactions on public Wi-Fi: While it’s usually safe to browse for gifts while using a public network, criminals often have software designed to pluck your sensitive information from the public airwaves. It’s usually best to wait until you are home or on a secure network to whip out the credit card.
• Safe URLs: Hackers will often add to the end of URLs and lead you to dangerous sites that are easily unnoticed. Regardless of the device that you are shopping on (mobile, laptop or desktop), ensure the address is secure and begins with “https” and has a padlock before inputting your billing information.
• Log out: Hijackers can tap into your shopping sessions if you leave them open after completing a transaction. Remind yourself to completely log out and make it a best practice.
• Too good to be true? That’s because it is. Crazy discounts and deals are the easiest lures used by online scammers to attract thrifty shoppers. Having one of those – “I know but this is a REALLY good deal” moment? Use link-scanning software like AVG FREE Anti-Virus to help determine the authenticity of the vendor’s website.
• Keep Your Private Information Private: Create a separate e-mail account just for shopping and use a unique password. Keep records of your online shopping by printing confirmation pages and e-mail confirmations.
• Mix Up Your Passwords: Each e-mail, bank, credit card account should have a unique password. Write them down and store them in a secure location.
Check your bank accounts daily. This is so easy to do online and if there is a problem, you will know almost immediately.