We are a breath of Christmas and most of us have already started shopping for Christmas gifts. For this reason, FBI posted one yesterday list of tips security to help us stay safe when shopping online.
The following tips mainly apply to online shopping during the holiday season, but some of them can be applied at any time throughout the year:
1. Make sure the phone or your computer is fully up-to-date and protected before you go online and shop online.
This will protect you from viruses and maliciously programs.
2. Do not use public WiFi.
You can not know whether the public networks is safe. A hacker may breach the network, so connecting to it may compromise your personal and financial data (information that is usually entered into sites when shopping online).
3. Pay attention to signs that indicate a possible fraud.
For example, a weird online store claim on how to pay should raise suspicion.
4. Be careful where you buy tickets for a concert or sporting event.
One of the most common online shopping is ticket buying. Make sure you buy tickets from a reputable seller. There are various sites that offer tickets at very affordable rates, but in fact they may be scam.
5. Select credit cards for your payments.
Payments by credit cards they are safer than debit or cash payments.
6. Buy digital gift cards directly from reputable stores online.
7. Change your passwords.
Passwords must be strong, large, and unique to your account, especially if it is e-mail you and your bank accounts.
8. Do a research before you donate to a charity.
Make sure charities are legal. Also check to see if your donation goes straight to the services or is kept by the board members.
9. Don't let stress lead you to the wrong choices.
Scammers often use social engineering techniques to deceive you and make you quick decisions. This means that you can make wrong purchases.
10. Beware of spam emails, messages or post on social media, promising you amazing deals.
Do not open links or attachments from unknown and unreliable sources. Choose well-known and trusted sites for your online shopping.
11. Check your bank accounts and credit cards.
Make sure no unauthorized transactions are made. If you find something strange, tell it immediately bank you.
The FBI emphasizes that users are being victimized hacking attack or fraud, should report it to the authorities or the FBI itself. However, many US citizens do not report crimes related to him cyberspace, and so specialists cannot prevent attacks.