The weather may be unseasonably warm, but the holiday shopping season is definitely here. Holiday shopping is increasingly done online with Cyber Monday deals competing with in-store sales. Online shoppers can do many things to protect their privacy online.
- Try not to shop using a public computer. If you must use a public computer, be sure to sign out of all sites and never set sites to remember your login information.
- Install anti-malware software to protect against viruses and other dangers.
- Make sure your Internet browser is up-to-date. This ensures the most current security software is in place.
- Use a credit card online rather than a debit card. Credit cards offer more security options.
- Use a secure site. Look at the site’s address at the top left of the browser window. If you see https:// instead of http://, it means the site uses Secure Sockets Layer encryption. According to PC World, “SSL encryption ensures privacy by restricting the computers that can access the data being transferred, limiting access to you and the online retailer exclusively” (2012).
- Use familiar, reputable websites, and never reveal too much information, like social security numbers.
- Do not click on pop-ups.
For more information about online safety, stop by Eckhart Public Library this Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm. We will also talk about electronic devices, look at how to check out eBooks, and enjoy some tasty treats.
Homnick, M. (2012). Safe online shopping: 10 tips to avoid getting burned. PC World. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2018995/safe-online-shopping-10-tips-to-avoid-getting-burned.html