These days, online shopping is easier, faster, and more convenient than ever. Pretty much everything you could ever want or need is just a few clicks away. From groceries to gifts, and even larger ticket items like cars and appliances, the digital age has made shopping for anything and everything incredibly seamless. However, as we continue to integrate technology into our daily lives, we can often find ourselves desensitized to sharing our personal information online. At American Security, we use technology to protect homes and businesses from a wide range of potential threats. As security experts, we’ve gathered our top tips for protecting your private information from invisible threats so you can enjoy the ease of online shopping without the risk!
1. Become a Password Pro
It seems like just about everything these days requires a password. It can be tempting to use the same one that you know you’ll remember for everything, from your social media to your banking app. But this can be risky. If the wrong person gets ahold of a password for a single platform, they may guess (correctly) that you use that password for multiple uses. There are a few different ways you can mitigate this risk. Using a different password for all your different logins can seem daunting, but don’t be afraid to go old school. Keep a list of which password you use for which platform, and write it down using plain old pen and paper. Keep your password sheet in a safe place in your home for easy access. Another option is using the same password for everything, but making it extremely difficult for anyone to guess. Avoid using public information like names, birthdates, or locations. Use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, as well as symbols or numbers whenever possible, for an extra layer of protection.
2. Identifying Safe Sites
Cyber criminals are quite sneaky when it comes to creating sites that look legitimate, but are created for the sole purpose of scamming folks out of their hard-earned money. Look for things that are verifiable, like a phone number, a physical address, and legitimate reviews. Real business owners care about the information on their site, so if there’s not much information, or if the information seems intentionally vague, this could be a sign that the website is a scam. Additionally, search for similar items you found on the site in question in other places. For example, if you find an amazing designer sweater for only a few bucks on a random site, but on a more trusted site the sweater costs a lot more, this could be an indicator that the site is a scam and a cyber attacker is after your credit card number. In short, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
3. Watch Out for Email Scams
it can be very easy for cyber criminals to guess where you like to shop. They only have to peek at public information like your name, age, location and social media content. If you receive an email that looks like its from one of your favorite online stores, but that requires you to open an attachment or enter personal information like your bank info or social security number don’t risk it. If you’re not sure, reach out directly to that store and ask if they recently sent out an email asking for personal information. Odds are they didn’t, and you just successfully avoided compromising your online security. Avoid clicking on any links or attachments that you don’t trust, and never give out sensitive information until you’ve verified the legitimacy of the sender and the purpose.
We hope these tips help keep your information safe and secure while you shop online. At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your property, and your business safe at every level. We offer advanced and customizable security options from video surveillance to fire alarms and beyond.
American Security is proud to be the New York area’s top choice for multi-tiered security since 1979. Give us a call today to speak with an expert and experience the American Security difference. Visit our website at www.americansecurity.com or contact us to learn more about our solutions today.