It’s the most wonderful time of the year to shop for your loved ones and the ever-increasing trend is online shopping. However, it’s important to remember that online holiday shopping can also expose your data to potential cyber threats. Experian reports that 43% of identity thefts occur while holiday shopping online. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help ensure that your online holiday shopping remains secure. Here is a quick overview of some cybersecurity tips from the Nowell Agency that will help keep your information safe.
How to Shop Safely Online this Holiday Season
Create Secure Passwords
When creating passwords for online accounts, make sure they are unique and difficult for hackers to guess. Avoid using common words or phrases, as well as personal information (e.g., birthdates, addresses). Update passwords regularly and do not use the same password across multiple accounts. Whenever possible, use multi-factor authentication when available since it adds a layer of protection against potential cyber threats.
Only Use Secure Network Connections
When you’re shopping, make sure you’re only connecting to secure and private networks. Avoid accessing public Wi-Fi networks such as those found in retail or coffee shops, airports, or public places. Never enter any sensitive information like credit card numbers or passwords into websites while publicly connected. If you must access sensitive data on public networks, consider using a virtual private network (VPN) which provides an encrypted connection between two points over a shared public network like Wi-Fi hotspots.
Install Antivirus Software & Update Regularly
The first step in protecting yourself from cyber threats is to install antivirus software. This software will protect you from viruses, malware, and other malicious programs that might be installed on your device if you’re not careful when visiting certain websites or downloading files. Additionally, make sure that you set up the software so that it updates automatically whenever there’s a new version available so that you don’t forget to update your security software.
Be Aware of Scams
If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is! Avoid clicking on any email attachments, digital ads, or links while online shopping.
Choose Vendors & Payment Types Wisely
Make sure any online vendor you’re using is legitimate, has positive user reviews, and uses a secure, encrypted network for payment. Another smart form of protection is to use a credit card rather than a debit card. This avoids providing cybercriminals access directly to your bank.
Get Cyber Insurance
Nothing can ruin the holidays more quickly than getting your personal data stolen. If this unfortunate event does occur, having cyber risk insurance coverage can greatly reduce the financial liabilities associated with cybercrime. Learn more about the Nowell Agency’s cyber insurance with a click or call 601.203.0456.
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The holidays can be a wonderful time of year, filled with family, good food, and fun. We want you to enjoy your holidays to the fullest, without concern over cyber threats, so it’s important not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping! Cybersecurity should always be top of mind when engaging in online activities such as holiday shopping. Following these tips from the Nowell Agency, using best practices for online shopping, and getting the right cyber insurance coverage can keep your holidays happy and safe! Happy holidays!
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year to shop for your loved ones and the ever-increasing trend is online shopping. However, it’s important to remember that online holiday shopping can also expose your data to potential cyber threats. Experian reports that 43% of identity thefts occur while holiday shopping online. Thankfully, there are steps […]