Cyber Monday: Keep your Information Safe

November 25th, 2015 | FAQ, General News, Self Improvement

Some people love shopping. However, if you’re not one of those people, shopping online may be more your style. The internet provides the ability to simply search a word or phrase- then presto!- you’re offered a multitude of products. No hunting for a parking space, or walking a mile to discover the store doesn’t even have the item you are looking for. So grab your to do list, sit back, and we’ll give you some advice as you navigate the online shopping world.


Another update!?

Does it feel like your computer is constantly asking you to update its software? Well, those updates are actually very beneficial when it comes to keeping your information secure on the web. Keeping your browser and operating system up-to-date provides your computer with safeguards against viruses and may also improve the way a website displays on your screen.

Be Careful about Clicking

Not all websites are safe for your computer. Random links can lead you to unfamiliar territory. Some websites or links have the ability to download malware on to your computer. Malware puts your personal information at risk.

The Seal Says it All

Look for pages that take added measures when it comes to security. Before making a purchase, make sure the website is legitimate.

To determine site credibility; look for Trust Guard Seals. You will see them at the bottom of our Aidance Product Website. These seals assure any personal information provided to the company stays safe. Also look for a rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Before entering your credit card number, take a closer look at the web address in the navigation bar of your browser. Most website addresses start with “http://”, and a secure website address will start with “https://”. The “S” at the end stands for secure. The website address will include the “S” around the time when you checkout and enter credit card information.

Email Awareness

Reputable businesses will never ask for sensitive information through email. If a company poses as a bank or business representative looking for information like your social security number or credit card number, do not reply.

Less is More Than Enough

The less information you input into websites, the better protected you stay against identity theft. Supplying information through social media and shopping platforms makes your identity vulnerable. When shopping online, you are never required to supply your social security number or birth date to complete a purchase.

Stay Secure

Are you familiar with that gratifying feeling of scoring free Wi-Fi? Well, those renegade Wi-Fi networks, in unfamiliar locations, aren’t such a good idea. These networks open your device to hackers and theft.

When imputing personal information online, stick to browsing at home. The use of Wi-Fi in public places should be limited to familiar establishments. Always join a network with a trusted name, not some cryptic chain of letters. A relatively safe source for public Wi-Fi is a library.

The internet is rife with scams this time of year. Be wary of websites offering unheard of promotions. If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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