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Cyber Monday: Tips for Staying Safe

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More people than ever will shop online on December 2nd — Cyber Monday — instead of going to stores on Black Friday. Remember these tips before conducting online transactions:

Secure your computer and mobile devices
Before clicking to make an online purchase, make sure your device is current with the most recent version of anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and that your passwords for things like accessing your bank’s website is tough to guess.

Know your online merchants
Not all online merchants are trustworthy–be wary of whom you’re buying from. Clues that something may be a scam: very low prices for high-end merchandise, negative feedback for the seller, or a seller requiring payment in foreign currency.

Look for “https” before you click “Purchase”
Before typing in your banking information and shipping address, make sure the webpage URL begins with “https.” The “s” stands for secure and means that communication within the webpage is encrypted. Other good signs include a padlock or key icon in your browser’s status bar.

For more tips on data protection, creating strong passwords, email safety and more, visit UFIT’s Information Security’s Protect Yourself webpage.