• Practice Safe Online Shopping Habits This Holiday Season

  • Safe holiday shopping to safeguard your credit card infoIs there any better time to shop online than during the holidays?  We think not.  Unfortunately, criminals also have the same idea, so you need to make sure that you are aware of the shopping that you are doing online, especially when you are shopping for your business.  If you thought that no-do-gooders were only focused on personal online shoppers for the holidays, you need to see that you and your business can be a potential target, too.

    Here are some good habits with respect to online shopping

     

    Be leery of new vendors

    When you are looking for deals and options, new vendors may pop up just before or during the holiday season. Beware of these, as often they can just be looking to steal your money and information.  Trust only the vendors that you’ve worked with in person, or that you’ve dealt with past years without any kind of problem.

     

    Don’t trust prices that are “too good to be true”

    You’ve heard the expression, “if something seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is”. This is especially the case during the holiday season.  You need to avoid going with sales that have prices that seem dangerously low. Don’t let the savings make you put your trust and money into a website, unknown vendor or coupon company that turns out to be dangerous.  It can happen faster and easier than you might think right now.

     

    Don’t shop on an unprotected WiFi signal

    When you are online shopping, don’t use any WiFi router other than a VPN, or, at the very least, a protected WiFi signal. You don’t want to rely on the public access of the coffee shop WiFi to keep you safe while online shopping. Hackers are a dime a dozen, now days, and they’re impossible to spot unless you know what you’re looking for.  Sometimes, not even then are they detectable.  It’s scary how easy they can blend in.

     

    Change your passwords before and after the holiday season

    It’s a good idea to change your corporate passwords before and after the holiday season in case there is some sort of breach. You don’t want to find that someone has had access to your information and private records for an extended period of time and this is a good habit to get into after online shopping, especially for commercial shoppers.

     

    Both personal and corporate shoppers need to be aware of the fact that hackers and other online lurkers can be bad at stealing and sneaking into your personal information, so make sure that you are careful in who you give your credit card and personal information to.  This will make sure that you are always on the lookout for a scam, and you’ll be able to guarantee your safety and security a lot better.  Just like shopping in a crowded mall, the online stores and servers can be treacherous, so know what you need to do to minimize the risk for you and your company.

    Should you need assistance with your online security or are ready to move forward with having someone else manage your online security and protection, contact City Tech Group at (281) 8998-7221 and we can help with your network, security, cloud protection and the like.