It’s an exciting day…the day we have been waiting for…it’s Cyber Monday!
But with great savings comes great responsibility. Follow these 5 quick tips to stay safe on this joyous occasion we call Cyber Monday.
1. Make sure you are shopping on secure websites. There are a couple easy ways to make sure you’re visiting a secure website. Look at the URL bar. If there is a locked padlock icon in the left corner, you can rest assured your information is secure. Another quick check is the URL should read “https” because the “s” denotes a secure website.
2. Watch out for social media scams that seem too good to be true. Hackers often lure you in through awesome deals. Once you click these social ads or pop ups, you are often redirected to a fake site in which the hackers can then harvest your personal data. So before you click that great deal, make sure you are being directed to a legitimate website.
3. Do not open attached files in Cyber Monday emails. Just as you should be aware of clicking ads and being redirected, you should be equally concerned of opening attachments, especially zipped files. Attachments often contain malware. So, no matter how tempting the deal, don’t open attachments. Just don’t do it.
4. Don’t give extra information. If a website asks for extremely personal information such as social security numbers, or password security questions, run don’t walk away from that site.
5. Don’t use debit cards online. Debit cards give immediate access to your bank account. The more secure way to make online purchases is by using a credit card or PayPal linked to your credit card. Fraudulent activity is much more closely monitored and you have to wait for money to be withdrawn.
Stay safe out there and shop on!