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5 Tips for Online Holiday Shopping

Shopping season is coming up quick, and with it come the scammers, hackers, and ne’er-do-wells that would love to steal your credit card info so they can fill their stockings this Christmas. Here are a few quick tips for online shopping in preparation for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  1. Only shop on trusted sites. Those great deals at those other sites most likely are too good to be true. Stick with what you know.
  2. Make sure those trusted sites have secure URLs. That means https (s means secure). Anything else could be intercepted by hackers.
  3. Use a secure connection. If you’re on wifi, make sure it’s a trusted source. Starbucks, the airport, or a random hotspot may be a fake network just trying to capture your info as you shop.
  4. Use a credit card, not a debit card. Credit cards are protected against fraud. Debit cards are not.
  5. After your purchase, watch your account for any anomalies.

Use these tips to make your days merry and bright. Happy shopping!

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