Preventing Holiday Shopping Theft

Whether you thrive during the hustle and bustle at the mall, or prefer to do your holiday shopping online without ever leaving the comfort of your couch, you can keep your identity safe and secure with these simple shopping tips.

Essentials only. Leave any unnecessary IDs and credit cards at home.

Watch for prying eyes. Shield your credit card info or PIN number with your hand while making a transaction.

Know your surroundings. Use ATMs in secure locations with video surveillance.

HTTPS:// Make sure the website URL begins with “https”. The “s” at the end indicates it’s a secure site.

Shop in private. Shopping on unsecured networks like public Wi-Fi hotspots makes your info easier to steal.

Stay up to date. Keep your antivirus and anti-spyware up-to-date. Don’t ignore those prompts to update.

Stay strong. The best passwords combine uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

Check emails with care. Never open attachments or links from unknown sources.

With these tips in mind, have fun finding the perfect gifts for your friends and family and enjoy your holidays!

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