Cyber Monday Security Tips

By: and KBTX Staff Email
By: and KBTX Staff Email

1) Don't shop online from your laptop, iPad, or mobile device from an
open/unencrypted WiFi network. The owner of the access point or anyone with a wifi scanner can "sniff" or read all the information traveling through the air.

For example, there are popular hacking tools to hijack Facebook accounts because by default, encryption is turned off. If you do access an open network, make sure you access websites with "https:", this means the connection between you
and the website is secure.

2) Don't "Like" Facebook Contests. As of May 11, Facebook changed its policy regarding contests because of scams. The act of liking a page cannot automatically enter you into a contest. Facebook only allows promotions administered through Apps -- either a Canvas Page or an app on a Page Tab. Remember, "Like-ing" a page on Facebook gives the owner of the page access to your Facebook profile, i.e. name, date of birth, gender, interests, workplace
and list of friends.

3) Don't save credit card information on your mobile device. Other Apps may be able to access this information.

4) When installing a new App, make sure you're comfortable with the
information it is asking to access. i.e. address book, location data, usage, etc.

4) Beware of emails from "UPS", "Fedex", "eBay" etc. Because so many people are shopping online, hackers like to send "notification" emails from popular companies. If the email looks suspicious, never click on the links.

5) Buying a new computer and throwing out the old one? Always make sure to securely format the old hard drive to wipe out personal information before recycling.

6) Always pay by credit card and never a debit card. You can always dispute a charge with a credit card but once money leaves your account from a debit card, it's gone and will not automatically be returned in case of fraudulent activity.

7) Never email personal financial information. Email is insecure and e-Commerce companies will never ask you to do this. When in doubt, call the company directly.

8) When buying on eBay, always check the seller's history and reputation. Sometimes auctions are too good to be true.

9) Use an antivirus program and keep it up to date. AVG has a free antivirus product. Symantec's Norton 2012 is the most popular. Other trusted antivirus programs include Avira, ESET, McAfee and Panada Security.

10) When searching in Google, MSN, or Yahoo, don't click on Sponsored Ads that start with a retailer name followed by a space and then COM with a different url below it. These sponsored ads are typically scams to bring you to another website instead of the one you're really looking for.


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