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E-skimming attacks on the rise as peak online shopping season begins

With the holidays right around the corner, online shopping is poised for a record-breaking season in 2019. Emarketer predicts that consumers will spend over $135 billion this upcoming holiday season. The e-commerce boom precipitated a new cybersecurity threat known as e-skimming, which involves the theft of consumer payment information from online stores. If you’re thinking […]

Implement additional protections on your most important accounts

Some online accounts are more sensitive than others. Online banking, e-commerce and social media are often near the top of the list of accounts needing robust protection. It’s a good idea to enable two-factor authentication on these accounts and to secure them with strong password as well.

Watch out for e-commerce sites asking for personally identifying information

E-commerce sites only really need two main data points from you: 1) your payment information, like a credit card number and 2) your shipping address. If they ask for anything else, consider finding an alternative. You don’t need to supply your Social Security number just to have a package shipped to your residence.

Use credit over debit for online payments

Most e-commerce web sites have pretty good security. But a good way to increase your safety is to pay with credit, or a prepaid gift and not use debit.  This can protect your identity from theft and can further protect your bank account from theft.

Safe Online Shopping Practices for the Holidays

The winter holidays are the biggest online shopping season each year. NetElixir has estimated seasonal revenue for 2018 will grow 15 percent year-over-year, to $97 billion. The combination of gift-giving and steep discounts reliably drives huge activity every November and December, which is both a boost to the economy and, on the downside, a unique […]

Devote one credit card to online purchases

To minimize the potential damage of an attacker gaining access to your credit card information, consider opening a credit card account for use only online. Keep a minimum credit line on the account to limit the amount of charges a possible attacker can accumulate.