Winter holidays are coming! This beautiful and fairy season is made for pretty home decoration, tasty food and a lot of gifts for everyone. No one should be forgotten, so you are preparing to be a good Santa for your family, friends, and colleagues and start to surf the internet to find something suitable for them and for your purse at the same time.
You’re going through the dozens of websites, and the pricefall is knocking you down, the wind of sales is blowing to your face, so in a few minutes of this journey you are risking to forget about how insecure it is! Do not let the possible danger ruin your festive mood – get ready to start a safe gift hunting this December with our simple tips.
There are five persons you should become temporarily to make it best:
Prefer the beaten paths. Go to the familiar, famous and trusted websites directly instead of using your search engine. Big and popular online stores care about their reputation, so it’s less likely to be a rip off while purchasing something there.
Ensure that you’re in the right place – misspellings or using a different top-level domain (.net instead of .com, for example) are the oldest tricks in the book. And, if you find something really unique and amazing on the unfamiliar store, check all the information about it, look for the lock (HTTPS:// url beginning), read reviews about this website (not ON this website) before the purchase.
Meticulous dull beggar
Just for a while – it will be very useful, believe us. Check statements during the holiday season regularly and make sure you don’t see any fraudulent charges. If something goes wrong, pick up the phone immediately and require the issuer’s support on resolving your problem. Usually, you have 30 days to notify the bank of issues, but bear in mind that you might be liable for the charges after this anyway.
Online stores don’t need your birthday date or social security number, really. Save some information for yourself only. The more crooks know about you, the easier it is to steal your identity and all your money, so keep your lips sealed and never, ever give anyone your credit card over email!
And by the way, privatize your Wi-Fi . Don’t connect to all free unfamiliar hotspots around you. Avoid public terminals, and if you don’t have another choice remember to log out every time you use it, no matter why.
Use strong password. Admit, that the automatic password generators make it better than your brain, which is full of banal associations. Change your passwords, take care of their keeping, look after them – it’s never more important than when banking and shopping online.
Protect your computer from spyware and all malicious software which is using by hackers to gather your data. Such malware can be installed on your PC without your permission or even knowledge, so it’s the best way to use anti-malware products to keep your system really private and safe. Scan your PC regularly to make sure that there aren’t any new unwanted guests.
You will see things on your way, that are too good to be true. Beware of such deals. Do not trust even your friends, who might unknowingly forward such a thing and advise you to share some of your information or make some virtual action to win free IPads or anything else.
Do not trust any messages from friend claiming he or she has been robbed and asking for money to be wire transferred – talk to them personally first of all. Skepticism in most cases can save you from a stolen card number.
NB!! Don’t forget to kick out all those dull buddies on Christmas Eve 🙂 Stay safe and happy!
GridinSoft Journalist. We write about cybersecurity and privacy, striving to provide readers the latest news of this field and useful tips to keep their data safe in this joyful, but dangerous modern world of the web.