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While Cyber Monday certainly is the date for shoppers to rake in savings in furtherance of the traditional Black Friday bargains, it unfortunately is also the time when the unscrupulous attempt to tap into your credit card and personal info.
The NY State Office of Information Technology Services warns shoppers to keep an awareness of the possibility while making online purchases.
“I want to take advantage of the Cyber Monday bargains, but I don’t want to be taken advantage of by cyber thieves; how can I avoid becoming a victim?” The question certainly resonates.
Officials highlight the following guidelines.
How to Buy Online Safely
- Visit and purchase only on sites that you recognize as reliable.
- Never visit a site by clicking on a link you see in an email, on a blog, or in an ad – even from a recognized company; these potentially can be false sites, created specifically to trick consumers or spread a virus.
- Before purchasing on a specific site, look for the HTTPS code – the S refers to the word, secure, indicating it has encrypting capabilities.
- Make sure your computer, mobile device and home Wi-Fi has up-to-date security measures in place, including a resilient password.
- Public computer or Wi-Fi is vulnerable to malicious software and the unscrupulous. Never use either of them for personal shopping or bank services.
- Keep safety measures in place in regard to passwords used for online accounts. Utilize differing passwords for different online accounts.
- Contemplate switching your passwords following the holiday shopping period.
- Never respond to phishing emails. These look as if they come from a reputable source but include links to malicious software. They also may lead you to a site that asks for personal info.
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Summary: By all means, take advantage of those super Cyber Monday sales. Just don’t let the unscrupulous take advantage of YOU! Prime Insurance Agency provides these tips for post-Thanksgiving shoppers!