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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 […]

Tread lightly with public Wi-Fi networks

Public Wi-Fi is relatively risky to use. If you must use it, make sure it asks for a password and limit your activities to secure sites over HTTPS. Consider using a virtual private network as well for added security.

Pay attention to your browser’s URL bar

The URL (address) bar of your browser contains a lot of important information. It will indicate if the connection is secure – via the text “https://,” a padlock icon and/or a green bar. Plus, some browsers will warn you if a page is not secure. Icons may also appear indicating that location services are active […]

Know the different types of HTTPS indicators

HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, one of the key protocols of the web. How do you know if a site is protected by HTTPS? Look in the URL (address) bar. It should say “https://” at the beginning. Depending on the browser and site, it might also include a padlock icon or a green […]

Use the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension

This browser extension from the Electronic Frontier Foundation provides an extra layer of protection for your web browsing. It will encrypt your connection to different sites and services so that it is more difficult for anyone to track your activity. The extension is free to download and is available for most major web browsers.

Look for the signs of a fake banking website

Online banking is supposed to be safe and convenient. Unfortunately, plenty of imposter sites are out there trying to steal your information. No legitimate bank will ask for your card number or PIN during the sign-in process, although it might ask you to answer security questions or confirm via a separate trusted device. Make sure […]