How To Secure Your Holiday Online Shopping
The long-awaited Christmas shopping season has already begun with Black Friday that hit record high sales ever. Just imagine, only in the US total Black Friday spendings have tripled as compared to 2008 and reached $1,656 billion in 2015. Needless to say that it is just a beginning, as in 2014, holiday season retail e-commerce spending in the United States amounted to 53.3 billion U.S. dollars with the most money being spent online on Cyber Monday.
Winter holidays are alluring not only for customers but also for hackers. Those deals can give hackers more entry points to access the personal information of online shoppers.
No wonder that more and more people prefer online shopping to traditional one because it’s quick, convenient, and affordable. If you are one of those online shoppers, take a look at the basic rules that are advised by MacKeeper™ security experts:
Online shoppers can take a few simple steps to make sure that they don't end up as identity theft victims this holiday season.
Pay with a credit card and use the official payment services
First and foremost use only one card for online payments with spending limits on it. If anything bad happens after the transaction, you will have to deal only with one card and suffer little losses. Another aspect is to pay with trustworthy services. PayPal helps protect both buyers and sellers by providing secure methods of payment and by using encryption technologies.
Use a dedicated email address
To be on the safe side, use additional email address. It will take up to 30 seconds but this can help you to reduce the risk of opening potentially malicious email or spam messages that are disguised as sales promotions or other notifications.
Be careful with public Wi-Fi
Every day we use our devices in public areas and even shop by using our iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, free hotspots do not provide any privacy to shoppers. The main danger is that anyone from a hacker to an average user can access the network, because all public, unencrypted, or open networks also mean that any of these people can access what you transmit to and from the router or access point. If you still want to make a purchase, then use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt the communications.
Keep your computer clean and up-to-date
Pay attention to updating your apps. Assuming that all apps on your computer are powered by Apple, they will be updated automatically by using the AppStore service. But there are lots of third-party apps that should be updated manually, otherwise you will be constantly bothered by alerts. When it comes to online shopping, make sure that all your software is updated with patched releases.
Secure Your Online Presence
As you know, despite being internally secure, Macs are still vulnerable when connected to the web and are not protected from cyber attacks. Make sure that VPN Private Connect feature of MacKeeper is enabled while you surfing the web, and that the system is being regularly scanned for viruses.