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Secure Holiday Shopping

By November 4, 2015January 24th, 2024No Comments

According to the National Retail Foundation, almost half of this year’s holiday shopping (both browsing and buying) will be done online. With all this extra cyber activity, it’s a good time to review good online shopping practices to help protect your assets and safeguard your identity.

When shopping online, use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have spending limits, and they make it easier to dispute fraudulent charges. You may even choose to use a credit card with a low credit limit. Document purchases by printing or saving confirmations and check your card’s electronic statements more frequently when you’re shopping regularly.

Shop from trusted sites you’re familiar with, or at least make sure the site has secure sockets layer encryption installed (identified with an HTTPS:// instead of a mere HTTP:// in the URL). Create strong, unique passwords for each of your online shopping accounts – ones that would be very difficult to guess. Don’t provide any information that isn’t necessary to complete a transaction, and don’t save your credit information in retail sites and web browsers.

Remember the old adage: “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” Be skeptical about offers with incredible prices – particularly any that come by email. Don’t click on links in any email with a source you don’t recognize. If a deal seems too good to pass up, manually type the website name into your browser to check it out.

Don’t share personal information over a public Wi-Fi, which is easier for thieves to hack. Instead, stick to window-shopping when you’re out and about and wait to place your actual order using a secure network at your home or workplace. And lock your device with a password or code when you’re not using it.

Finally, make sure all your devices have up-to-date systems, including current security software. Keep your devices clean and working well by downloading apps from only trusted sources like the Android Market, Apple App Store or the Amazon App Store, and read permission statements before you do.

Practicing some extra care while shopping online can help keep your holidays safe and hassle-free. As always, protecting your personal information is important to us. For more tips on protecting your identity or help monitoring your accounts and credit history, please give us a call. Call your Centennial Colorado Investment Advisor Representative Jordan Dechtman at 303-741-9772, email him at or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Written by Securities America for distribution by Jordan Dechtman.

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