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When in doubt, use a retailer’s app instead of its website

Buying something on a PC typically entails visiting the seller’s website. A lot can go wrong en route, including visiting an imposter page that isn’t properly secured with HTTPS. Mobile apps bought from stores like the Apple App Store and Google Play are carefully vetted for malware and vulnerabilities, making them safer in comparison. Do […]

Take advantage of third-party payment services and auto-fill

Entering your card number into a website is both a hassle and a possible risk if someone is looking over your shoulder or monitoring the network. A better alternative is to just use something like PayPal or Apple Pay, which allows you to check out with a relatively streamlined process using pre-saved payment details. Many […]

Connect via password-protected networks or cellular

When shopping online, get the maximum possible security and privacy for your transactions. That means never buying anything while connected to public or open Wi-Fi networks, or even to the Wi-Fi of someone you don’t know well. Stick to your own Wi-Fi or to cellular service like LTE for the safest results.

Improved cybersecurity a 2019 resolution you can actually keep

Did you make a New Year’s resolution or 2019? While many people set ambitious goals each January – from losing weight to reading more books – most don’t even come close to reaching them. According to U.S. News, 80 percent of people have abandoned their resolutions by the second week of February. The reasons for […]

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 […]

Closely monitor your bank statements

With the rise of e-commerce, mobile payments and online banking, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your financial accounts for possible fraud. Check your bank and credit card statements to make sure there’s nothing amiss.