Shop Safe. Cyber Security Tips When Buying Online.

Wow, it is October now and the holiday's, family time, and gifts shopping are around the corner.

This Christmas purchases are going to be a little different when it comes to buying gifts for our loved ones. Online shopping is going to be the hot ticket this season as many have decided not to wait until the last minute and start shopping early to avoid stock, shipping, and delays issues.

According to the portal of the Department of Homeland security  we should take in consideration the following:

  • Make sure your information is being encrypted – Many sites use secure sockets layer to encrypt information. Indications that your information will be encrypted include a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) that begins with "https:" instead of "http:" and a padlock icon. If the padlock is closed, the information is encrypted. The location of the icon varies by browser; for example, it may be to the right of the address bar or at the bottom of the window. Some attackers try to trick users by adding a fake padlock icon, so make sure that the icon is in the appropriate location for your browser.

Here is an example. By clicking the padlock you will be able to see if the connection is secure, if the certification is valid and if your password and/or credit card information is secure.

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  • Be wary of emails requesting information:  Attackers may attempt to gather information by sending emails requesting that you confirm purchase or account information. Legitimate businesses will not solicit this type of information through email.
  • Use a credit card: There are laws to limit your liability for fraudulent credit card charges, but you may not have the same level of protection for your debit cards.
  • Check your statements: Keep a record of your purchases and copies of confirmation pages, and compare them to your bank statements. If there is a discrepancy, report it immediately.

Hope this cyber security tips help you feel more comfortable, safe, stress-free when online shopping for a love one.