U.S. Department of Homeland Security
With more and more people doing their holiday shopping online, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued some general tips to keep shoppers safe.
CHECK YOUR DEVICES
Before making any online purchases, make sure the device you’re using to shop online is up-to-date. Next, take a look at your accounts and ask, do they each have strong passwords? And even better, if two-factor authentication is available,
are you using it?
ONLY SHOP THROUGH TRUSTED SOURCES
Think about how you’re searching online. Are you searching from home, on public Wi-Fi? How are you finding the deals? Are you clicking on links in emails? Going to trusted vendors? Clicking on ads on webpages? You wouldn’t go into a store with boarded up windows and without signage, the same rules apply online. If it looks suspicious,
something’s probably not right.
USE SAFE METHODS FOR PURCHASES