Here are four easy steps you can take this holiday season to ensure your information is secure while shopping online.
- Look for the Lock
Shop on websites that start with HTTPS:// The “S” in HTTPS means there is extra security encryption layer on the site
- Use Strong Passwords & Unique Passwords for each site
We’re pretty sure you use the same password for multiple website. We’ve all done it, but it’s not a good practice. If one website is hacked and usernames/passwords are stolen, the intruders will try to use that same username and/or password on popular sites. Create a unique and strong password for every site you visit. A strong password is long and contains special characters, numbers, and mixed case letters.
- Clear Browser History & Cookies
Sometimes offenders are right in our homes, or tapped into our home networks. After each session take the time to clear your browser history and cookies to avoid auto-purchases or auto-logins to your sites you frequent.
- Use private WiFi
Stop! Don’t shop while sipping your latte at Starbucks! Only shop while you are connected to WiFi which requires you to enter a password. Avoid shopping on your mobile devices on Public Access WiFi.