The biggest online shopping day of the year is upon us, but hackers may see it as a good opportunity to steal your personal information.
“When you think about shopping online, it’s all about protecting,” said Julie Wheeler of the Better Business Bureau.
Tracking you through social media is one of the easiest ways hackers can get access to your information.
“Probably the biggest danger is clicking on those links, and when you go on a site and shop for something – it follows you around,” said Wheeler. “Everywhere you go, you see the ads for that whether you’re on a news site that has ads on it or social media they have a way of geo-tracking and showing you those things.”
Some other tips:
1. Shop from a secure computer and do not access sites on public Wifi.
2. Search for deals on retailer sites, not search engines. Always type in the site in your browser.
3. Use trusted vendors. Using established and trusted ones limits your exposure to hacking.
4. Shop with a credit card – not a debit card. Credit card information is harder to steal than debit card information.
5. Keep all receipts. Whether that means printing them out or emailing them to yourself – keep them in a safe place.
6. Use different passwords and usernames for each site.
7. Use apps rather than browsers. Vendors have more control over apps than with mobile browsers.
8. If the website has an extra “,cc” at the end, it may be malicious and you should double check its’ validity.