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Don’t Miss These Internet Safety Tips While Shopping Online

During the festive period we should all be sharing the good will and joy, but unfortunately this can also been seen as an opportunity for the ever increasing number of cybercriminals actively looking to exploit the fact that many of us have insufficient protection on our PC’s. Don’t miss these Internet Safety Tips while Shopping Online.

Don't Miss These Internet Safety Tips

#1. Keep Your PC Clean

And we don’t mean wiping it with a cloth! We recommend having the latest Internet security software and up to date web browser. These are the best defences against viruses, malware and other online threats.

#2.  Make Passwords Long and Strong

Always combine Upper and lowercase letters along with numbers and or symbols to create a secure password. You may be tempted to keep using the same simple password but the more effort you put in to choosing a secure password the more you protect yourself online.

#3.  Unique account, unique password

Yes it seems hard work but having a separate password for every account will help to protect you from cybercriminals. If you keep using the same password and they crack it, then they’ve potentially got access to all your accounts if you have used the same password.

#4. Check Out Sellers

Conduct independent research before you buy from a seller you have never purchased from before. Cybercriminals are very clever to replicate websites and trick us into buying. Search merchant reviews, we recommend trustpilot.com where you can look up a website and check what other users are saying about it.

#5. When in Doubt STOP

Links in email, Tweets and online advertising are the simplest way for cybercriminals to compromise your PC. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source STOP THINK DELETE.

#6. Protect Your Cash

When banking and shopping online check to be sure the sites are security enabled. Look for the web addresses with https:// or shttp:// which means the sites take extra measures to help secure your information. http:// is not secure and always look for the padlock in the browser bar.

#7. Never Give Too Much

No online store needs your date of birth or mother’s maiden name to complete the purchase, chances are this is a phishing scam and if you combine this information along with credit card details they are 3 steps closer to stealing your identity. Always check the sites privacy policy if you have any doubt.

#8. Use Safe Payment Options

Credit cards are generally the safest option as they allow buyers to seek a credit/chargeback from the issuer if no product is delivered or incorrect. Also unlike debit cards, credit cards normally have a limit on the monetary amount you will be responsible for paying if your information is stolen and used by someone else. Review return policies and NEVER SEND CASH.

#9. Help Authorities Fight Cybercrime

Always report stolen finances or identities and cybercrime to police. You can report to:

UK: Action Fraud

Ireland: Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation

Australia: Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network

USA: FBI Cybercrime

Canada: RCMP Cyber Section

or to your local police station.

Stay safe when shopping online!

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