Another Cyber Monday has come and gone. The online shopping event is great for many reasons. Hopefully, you had access to some great deals and were able to scroll through amazing savings opportunities as you digested the last of your Thanksgiving leftovers. Smart shoppers didn’t let the turkey lull them into a state of unpreparedness. Cyberthieves are at their peak on events like Cyber Monday, so it is always important to continue practicing good cybersecurity. Take a look at the online shopping safety tips that the National Cybersecurity Institute outlined below to help make your next Cyber Monday a little safer:
Look for website security
Avoid shopping on sites you are unfamiliar with and websites that offer deals that seem too good to be true. When shopping online, look for https:// in the URL. This signifies that the website has security certificates and is safer than unprotected sites. You should also check the address bar for a green padlock icon, which is another sign of a secure site.
Pay with plastic.
PC World recommends only using a credit card for online purchases. Unlike those who pay using money orders or wire payments, there are Federal laws in place to protect credit card users. If your account is somehow compromised because of an online shopping incident, you are more likely to get your money back if you used a credit card.
Cyber Monday was created to make your holiday shopping easier, and by following cybersecurity best practices, you can keep the event stress-free.
Check network security
Before you participate in Cyber Monday, make sure all your connections and devices are secure. Update all antivirus and anti-spyware software to establish a first line of defense from data hackers. You should also make sure your wireless connections are secured with a password and firewalls. Also, never shop online while connected to a public network. This makes it easier for hackers to infiltrate your system and steal your confidential data.
Cyber Monday is a convenient and cost-efficient way to get your holiday shopping done, but it is also a time of heightened cyberthreats. Follow the advice above and keep up to date on cybersecurity information to stay safe while participating in online shopping events.
To learn more about cybersecurity best practices or to explore career options in the data security field, visit the National Cybersecurity Institute’s website today. There you will have access to blogs written by industry professionals and can explore the degrees programs available.