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Online Shopping Security Awareness

The National Cyber Security Alliance has released their top tips for staying cybersecure this Holiday Season. 

https://staysafeonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/NCSA_Holiday_Shopping_2017.pdf 

Top Tips from the NCSA

GET READY TO CYBER SHOP SAFELY:

KEEP CLEAN MACHINES: Before searching for that perfect gift, be sure that all web-connected devices ‒ including PCs, smartphones and tablets ‒ are free from malware and infections by running only the most current versions of software and apps.

LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN: One of the most critical things you can do in preparation for the online shopping season is to fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.

CONDUCT RESEARCH: When using a new website for your holiday purchases, read reviews and see if other customers have had positive or negative experiences with the site. WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT: Links in emails, social media posts and text messages are often how cybercriminals try to steal your information or infect your devices.

PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LIKE MONEY. VALUE IT. PROTECT IT.: When making a purchase online, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember that you only need to fill out required fields at checkout.