As we head into the holiday shopping season we wanted to share security information from OUCH! guest editor Jonathan Homer.
The OUCH! November 2015 newsletter shares three key security areas related to online shopping:
- Fake Online Stores: Take steps to verify that the store is authentic.
- Your Computer/Mobile Device
- Your Credit Card
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Shopping Online Securely
The holiday season is close upon us and soon millions of people around the world will be looking to buy the perfect gifts. Many of us will choose to shop online in search of .a great deal and avoid long lines and impatient crowds Unfortunately, this is also a criminal’s favorite time of the year to commit online or financial fraud. This month, we explain the dangers of shopping online and ways you can protect yourself.
Fake Online Stores
While most online stores are legitimate, some are not; they are fake websites set up by criminals. Criminals create these fake websites by copying the look of or using the name of well-known stores. They then use these websites to prey on people who are looking for the best deal possible. When you search online for the absolute lowest prices, you may be directed to one of these fake websites.
When selecting a website to purchase a product, be wary of websites advertising prices dramatically cheaper than anywhere else or offering products sold out nationwide. The reason their products are so cheap or available...