An important part of online safety is knowledge. The more you know, the safer you’ll be. And with holiday spending about to kick up, we thought we would provide some great tips and reminders on how to stay safe while shopping in Cyberspace this season:
- Set good passwords. We can’t say it enough. A good password is a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers and one that is not easily guessed. Change your password frequently. Don’t write it down or share it with others.
- Don’t reveal personal information via email. Emails and text messages can be masked to look like they are coming from a trusted sender. Play it safe and don’t respond. Instead call the sender to find out if it is a legitimate message.
- Links aren’t always what they seem. Never log in from a link that is embedded in an email message. Criminals can make fake web pages that mimic the page you would expect. Instead, type in the URL address directly and then log in.
- Shop on secure websites only. Look for “https” instead of just “http” in the address bar. Also, be sure your computer’s anti-virus software is up to date, since you may come across viruses when surfing online for deals and good buys.
- Log off from sites when you are done. When you are ready to leave a site you have logged in to, logoff rather than just closing the page.