Cyber Monday has become the next Black Friday, which means a surge in internet traffic, online transactions, and an increased risk for fraud.
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, which means gift buyers are scouring the internet and store shelves for the best deals. It also means buyers need to beware; busy retail stores, both online and in store, are hotbeds for identity theft. Shoppers should take the proper precautions most especially online, as Cyber Monday has become the next Black Friday, which means a surge in internet traffic, online transactions, and an increased risk for fraud.
To help shoppers stay safe and secure, here are some Cyber Monday identity protection tips.
Shop Only From a Secure Machine
A computer that isn’t protected by full-fledged security software is more likely to be compromised by malware. When that happens, all data entered into or transmitted from that computer is at risk, including all forms of personally identifiable information, credit-card numbers and bank accounts.
Make Sure Your Connection Is Also Secure
Always look for the HTTPS lock symbol in your browser address window when performing an online purchase.
Shop Only From Trusted Vendors
Any website can be attacked by hackers, but limiting your shopping to established and trusted vendors limits your exposure.
Review Your Credit Card and Bank Statements Often and Thoroughly
Malware can infect credit-card readers in stores, and unscrupulous cashiers can steal card numbers as well. If you find a transaction that doesn’t match your purchases, your account may have been compromised. If so, contact your bank or card issuer.
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