It's getting close to Christmas, and you know what that means? Lots of holiday rushing around to get that perfect gift in time for the big day!
Many of us over look little details and because of this could be set up for some vulnerable attacks - Yes, we are talking Safety when it comes to making online purchases. Especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday passing us; this is the most opportune time for hackers to take more then they need when it comes to our personal identification, among other malicious things...
Here are some tips I have gathered to help you keep peace of mind while browsing the net, and hopefully prevent a disaster this holiday season.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Control your social status: Though you might be tempted to broadcast to the world about how excited you are for your holiday travels or Black Friday shopping sprees, resist the urge to broadcast to the whole world that you are not going to be home. Many people cannot seem to wait to let everyone on Facebook or Twitter know that they are about to leave and this is a dangerous thing to share.
The best way to get your attention is with a “stunning” price, so be wary of things that are too good to be true.
Usually the scammers don’t get reviews
Watch out for making purchases over public or open WiFi
Safe payment systems take hard work, and a new website might not have put in the effort
Develop good password habits; change them often and use unique ones that are hard to guess
Ensure the website address makes sense, often one missing or oddly placed letter in the url could mean bad news. (e.g.. www.globalnesw.ca)
Consider a low-limit credit card used for online purchases only
Watch for HTTPS addresses - this insures that SSL Protection is being used by your browser - SSL protects your connection, but doesn’t protect you from who you connect to, so still be vigilant in making sure the website is legit.