Make sure you’re using safe online shopping habits this holiday season. With our hectic schedules, it can be daunting to find the time for holiday shopping, and we often rush to make quick purchases. But we have to be careful – it’s easy, but not as simple as just finding and buying, and the seeming ease of online shopping can get us into trouble that is much trickier to get out of down the line.
Before we begin our online shopping sprees this season, there are some security measures we need to keep in mind. Here are five tips from Bridge to ensure that your valuable personal information stays safe during the holidays, and always!
1) Use your OWN computer.
Seems obvious, but countless instances of online fraud stem from people using public computers and leaving their credit card information accessible and unprotected. Whether you want to buy the latest Samsung or Apple product or the last of that olive green yarn for your sweater-knitting traditions, you should always use your own computer or that of someone you trust.
2) Shop on FAMILIAR sites.
Only shop through sites that are trustworthy and reliable. If a site seems questionable, save your future self the hassle, and try one that’s better-known and reputable. Never take chances with your credit card information!
3) That LOCK is key.
When making online purchases, make sure the site features a secure sockets layer. An easy way to tell is to check to see if the URL reads https://, not just http://. There will also be an image of a padlock in the address bar. If you don’t see either, we recommend you try another site before entering any personal info.
4) Be mindful of SHARING INFORMATION.
Think about what the site is asking for in terms of your personal data before you can make a purchase. You should only need to provide basic information when online shopping. Never, ever, release your social security number – it has nothing to do with that holiday gift you’d like to purchase, and it’s more than likely a scam!
5) CHECK your bank statements.
Always review your bank statements prior to the end of the month. Cross reference your receipts and make sure all of the numbers and transactions line up. You can never be too careful when it comes to your personal cyber security.
The holidays are just around the corner. You’re making a list and checking it twice – so why not be just as prudent and prepared when shopping online? The season will be much merrier the less you have to worry about the safety of your online shopping excursions.
Those perfect holiday gifts are just a hop, skip, and a click away! No lines or wait; no traffic, no crowds – when you’re a safe online shopper, holiday deals abound!