Each year we read about how to keep your personal information safe while shopping online for the holidays. However, in spite of attention-grabbing data breaches, shoppers continue to buy gifts online each holiday season.
The cyber criminals know this and are on lookout for any online vulnerabilities to steal personal and financial data.
Whether you’ll be conducting transactions from your desktop, laptop or mobile device, keep these tips in mind to help protect yourself from identity theft and other malicious activity while shopping online during Black Friday & Cyber Monday:
- Look for “https” before you click “Purchase” and submit your online transaction. Make sure that the webpage address begins with “https.” The “s” stands for secure and indicates that communication with the webpage is encrypted.
- Use caution with eCommerce mobile apps As smartphones and tablets continue to gain popularity for online shopping, so too will the volume of attacks against them. Malware could be downloaded onto the device from seemingly legitimate shopping apps that can steal credit card and other sensitive information for transmission to cyber criminals. Secure online shopping during Black Friday & Cyber Monday includes updating all apps when notified and disabling Bluetooth when when not in use to reduce the risk of sensitive data being compromise.
- Be alert for potential charity donation scams Cyber criminals try to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holiday season and can use fake charity requests to gain access to your information or computer/device.
- Use a VPN when making purchases on Public Wi-Fi Wi-Fi at coffee shops, airports and hotels is convenient, but it is notoriously unsecure. Without a VPN service encrypting your internet connection, criminals can intercept traffic to steal credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
We hope that these online shopping tips will help keep your personal information and data safe through the holidays. If you don’t have VyprVPN, and want protection for your Internet connection, try VyprVPN today!