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How To Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Cybersecurity in ChicagoWith more people shopping online than ever, cyber scams are on the rise every year. Being aware of your cybersecurity in Chicago is important during the holidays! Recently, Jeremy Treister, President of CMIT Solutions, was featured on Fox 32 News to talk about how to stay safe when shopping online this Holiday Season. Below are some of Jeremy’s tips for staying safe this season.

Danger #1:

Emails, online ads or websites offering discounts or free items that seem too good to be true. They often are. This is a way scammers bate consumers into giving away payment information.

What you should do:

  • Look closely for odd sender email addresses or email greeting.
  • Go directly to the website, instead of clicking on the ad or email, by typing the secure URL into your browser.

 

Danger #2:

Shopping on websites that don’t have security features in place.

What you should do:

  • Check that the website URL has “https” & not “http.” This tells the consumer that the website has an up to date security certificate.
  • Browsers like Chrome, Microsoft Edge, & Safari all have a padlock icon in the top right-hand corner signaling if a site is secure.
  • If your browser tells you that a website isn’t secure, listen to it!

 

Danger #3:

A website requests personal information.

What you should do:

  • Don’t give out personal information like birthday, social security number, or passwords if prompted during check out.

 

Danger #4:

Fake Apps

What you should do:

  • Check and make sure that an app has lots of reviews and downloads before you download it.
  • Go to the actual website to download the app.

 

Danger #5:

Shopping online with a debit card.

What you should do:

  • Always shop online with a credit card to limit personal liability.
  • Use Google Pay, Apple Pay, or PayPal.

 

For more information on your cybersecurity in Chicago watch the full video on Fox 32 below!

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