If you’re planning to skip the Black Friday lines and take advantage of Cyber Monday discounts instead, Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox, suggests going through this checklist before clicking “buy” to keep your personal information safe:
• Download a secure Internet browser. Download a Web browser that supports anti-phishing and anti-malware to protect you from spyware and viruses, like Firefox and Google Chrome. These browsers will warn you about potentially fraudulent sites.
• Keep your software up-to-date. To fix potential security holes, make sure any software you download to your desktop or mobile device—including apps—is up-to-date.
• Use secure passwords. It may seem like a pain to create complex passwords, but using a variety of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation to create a unique password for each account you log into will help secure your account. Use your browser’s password manager or secure apps likes oneSafe to keep track of usernames and passwords.
• Look for the S. Make sure the site you’re purchasing from starts with https:// (not http://) to ensure all data shared between you and the website is private. And, of course, don’t provide your credit card information via email.
• Mobile Shopping: To protect yourself when shopping on your smartphone, always connect to a secure wireless network (How do you know a network is safe to use? Look for the lock icon next to the network’s name) or your mobile provider’s 3G network before entering personal information, passwords, or doing any online shopping.
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