Cyber Monday aside, Internet use soars around the holiday season, with online purchases, travel plans, and sending best wishes to family and friends. That increased traffic means it’s especially important to stay vigilant. To protect yourself from identity theft, malware, and other cyber threats: make sure that your devices and accounts are password-protected, and that those passwords are strong; confirm that your malware protection is up-to-date; and don’t give out personal or financial information by email or text. You can add another layer of security by following these guidelines:
If making purchases online:
- Don’t use public computers or public WiFi.
- Use a single credit card rather than a debit card to help limit the potential for fraud.
- Check for “https” in the URL address bar, which signals a secure webpage.
- Do not auto-save personal information in forms or credit applications.
- Avoid posting on social media the details of where and when you’ll be traveling. Potential criminals might use this information to target your home while you’re away.
- Use caution when you or your family post pictures of your travels.
- Do not use public computers or wireless networks for sensitive online transactions.