Cyber Monday Safety Tips

Before you start shopping on Cyber Monday

  • Make sure your anti-virus and security patches are up to date on your computer
  • Make a plan, get that list together
  • Don’t trust email.
    • Scammers do send out malicious and fraudulent emails. The links can lead to malicious software, the emails could contain malicious attachments.
  • Don’t use public WIFI. If you are shopping from your cell phone use your data plan or a secure WIFI connection.
  • Do use a trusted and secure computer\device.

While you are shopping

  • Only shop at business that you know and trust
  • Search for the deals and discounts on the business’s site not on a search engine.
    • Scammers “poison” search results with malicious or deceptive links. Want that latest game console? Run a search on the Best Buy, Amazon or GameStop sites rather than on Google.
  • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
    • This is just good common sense. Do fall for deals or offers that seem to be too good. More than likely it is a scam.
  • If you see an email with a deal go directly to the site by typing in the address in the browser and search for the deal, discount or offer on that site.

Now that it is time to check out

  • Use a credit card not a debit card
    • There is more fraud protection on your credit card
  • Make sure you use a secured connection.
    • You can tell this by seeing if the web address is HTTPS.
  • Don’t give out any more personal information than is necessary.
  • When it comes to having the packages delivered
    • Last year there were several public accounts of packages being stolen from porches
    • Try to have you stuff arrive when you are going to be home
    • Have it shipped to the store
    • Or have it held at FedEx\UPS etc

Links

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/cyber-monday-safety-tips,review-1956.html

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2017/11/10-tips-safe-online-shopping-cyber-monday/

https://www.bbb.org/council/holiday-helper/cyber-monday/

 

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