According to LifeLock, here’s what the agency predicts for Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, when nearly a quarter of annual online buying happens.
Don’t let fake companies and identity thieves dampen your holiday spirit. Before you click the ‘Buy’ button this holiday season, check out these tips to help you enjoy safer online shopping.
So, where are the safe online sales? There is no one-stop shop that is the only safe site to go to however there are simple easy steps you can take to make sure you are making safe online purchases such as be careful.
Avoid Email Scams: They make it look pretty and eye-catching, intriguing you with way too good to be true sales. To not be tricked, I like to go to the site from the actual site’s webpage instead of clicking the ad in my inbox. If the sale is on the webpage then I know for sure this is true deal. If it feels too good to be true, it most likely is.
Stick with Trusted Companies: Shop with brands you already buy from. That you haven’t had any problems with before such as packages not received. We all have our go-to brands and companies we love to go to for our low prices so make sure to stick with the ones you completely trust.
Avoid public Wi-Fi: You might be tempted to take your online shopping spree to a coffee shop for a cup of joe. Keep in mind, Wi-Fi networks use public airwaves. With a little tech know-how and the freely available Wi-Fi password at your favourite cafe, someone can intercept what you’re looking at on the web. Shopping online usually means giving out information that an identity thief would love to grab, including your name and credit card information. Bottom line: It’s never a good idea to shop online or log in to any website while you’re connected to public Wi-Fi.
Create strong passwords: If someone has the password to your account, they can log in, change the shipping address, and order things while you get stuck with the bill. Help keep your account safe by locking it with a strong password—“Santa123” won’t do. Here are some tips on how:
You can find other tricks to staying safe online on the blog here.