So here we go again. Our favorite holiday season is almost here and we are all excited for it. We can already feel the cold weather, colorful street lights, and amazing decorations. As the Christmas season is approaching, we tend to go online and buy different Christmas gift ideas for our families and friends. Although online Christmas shopping is considered to be hassle-free and easier than going out and do traditional Christmas shopping, there are some things that you should remember. We want you to keep your online privacy and internet security safe from the prying eyes of hackers and thefts around the Internet while you’re on your online Christmas shopping. Trust us, even hackers are excited for this season to have more money and you can be their next victim.
Here are the Do’s and Don’ts for you if you’ll ever go for online shopping this December.
Online Christmas Shopping Do’s
Update your devices.
Forget vulnerability and update all your devices before you go ahead on your favorite online web store. Always remember that when your devices and apps are updated, some vulnerable features will get fixed. You’ll be at the risk of cyber-attack if you don’t do it.
Use strong passwords.
We always mention this simple trick for you almost every time we post an article about securing your privacy. Having strong and unique passwords can save you from troubles that can be done by hackers. Also, for added layers of security always turn on the two-steps authentication whenever you sign in.
Use secured shopping websites.
Always type the website address whenever you shop online. Searching and clicking the website can land into fake ones. Robert Capps, vice president of business development at Nu Data Security said that “When it comes to online shopping, make sure you use a site that is security-enabled. “The URL will contain https:// or a closed padlock on your web browser’s address bar. Yes, that website you’ve never heard of may be offering some super dirt-cheap bargains, but remember the old adage – if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.”
Use a VPN.
The safest way to protect your online privacy and keep your internet security this Christmas season especially when you do your shopping online is by using a Virtual Private Network or VPN. Forget everything on this list but make sure you’re using a VPN to hide all your personal information from the prying eyes of hackers.
Online Christmas Shopping Don’ts
Forget about shopping online in public.
You don’t know who’s looking at your computer screen while you’re in a coffee shop or public places with Wi-Fi hotspots. Do not shop online when you’re in a public place. Hackers can do anything to steal your personal information and that’s the start of many troubles. As long as you can, do online Christmas shopping at home.
Don’t click on those fake Holiday season e-cards.
They may look interesting and real at first but you’ll never know what’s next when you click them. Always be smart if you’re shopping online. Some holiday e-cards are created for phishing purposes.
Do not forget to check your bank statements.
Shopping is fun and tiring but at the end of the day, this is the most important task that you should never forget. Always check your bank statements. If you’re not familiar with a certain transaction and you know that you’re not the one responsible for it, it’s better to contact your bank right away. It’s better to be safe than sorry!